Heights Business Association merges for Chamber of Commerce

December 28, 2011

Six members of the Heights Business Association recently gathered in their monthly meeting to review results of a recent organizational survey.

A decision to reorganize the HBA into a component of the Chamber of Commerce, which has been under evaluation for several months, was finally resolved.

The majority of responses affirmed plans to become a task force within the Chamber of Commerce.

Following a review of the Downtown Business Council's proposal to incorporate into the Chamber of Commerce, members present agreed to prepare their own proposal to present to the chamber.

With this arrangement, HBA will work more as a committee within the Chamber.

Earlier this year members voted to join the Chamber effective Jan. 1 and now have a structure under which to proceed.

HBA will no longer charge dues for the HBA; however to take full advantage of benefits, former HBA members will require membership in the chamber's organization.

HBA members also agreed to renew their assumed business name with the Oregon Secretary of State for another two-year time period.

The HBA normally coordinates four major projects within the city including the annual Impact Meeting, the Fourth of July parade and celebration, the Safe Halloween event and the Heights Urban Renewal district committee.

Over three-quarters of those members surveyed indicated they would still be willing to volunteer for those projects.

The HBA and the Lions Club are also working on a suggestion to have a representative from Tsuruta serve as grand marshal for the Fourth of July parade in 2012.

The concept was approved by both organizations, but is pending affirmation from the Sister City committees of both communities.

Hood River City Manager Bob Francis presented a report on the Heights Urban Renewal District to the members. Francis mentioned that the current Urban Renewal Board will have two terms expiring. There will be at least one opening on the board.

Francis indicated that there have been discussions by the city council taking over the responsibilities of the Urban Renewal Board. If that occurs, it is likely the council will request an advisory committee to form with representatives from each UR District (downtown, waterfront and the Heights).

HBA members Pat McAllister and Martha Capovilla indicated they were both willing to serve on that committee if needed.

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