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Campaign Citizen Champions Building A New Relationship with Local              Government       Charter Review Champions A...
Outline of Champion Reform                     Platform     Champion Charter Values     Champion Charter Priorities    ...
Champion Values     Sustainability     Family and Children     Public Safety Funding     Job Creation, Retention and E...
Champion Priorities     Citizen Engagement     2011 City Charter Review     Public Safety     Adequate financial creat...
Champion Issues     Inadequate public safety funding     City general fund revenue continues to deteriorate     Current...
Champion Opportunities       Opportunity to strengthen “Buy Local” program by “Marketing to Region” and support of “clust...
Governance and Leadership       Implement by Charter Reform the establish working relationships with all        neighborh...
Gresham Charter Should Support    Strategic Direction     By requiring the development of a single page document which   ...
City Charter Impact On Our    Economy       Require an annual report to citizens on the development and maintenance of a ...
Preparing for Gresham City     Charter Review        Sustainable prosperity is the overarching principle of the upcoming ...
Should Charter Impact              Multnomah County Relations      Support, promote and facilitate a county wide coordina...
Why is Downtown Gresham Stuck     in the Status Quo      Failed to build on 2020 Downtown Vision and Long Term Plan     ...
Charter Reform and Rockwood            Urban Renewal Progress      Cross-jurisdictional leadership and collaboration is c...
Charter Directives for Infrastructure         and Responsible Development      Housing, Transportation, Land Use, Parks a...
Key Charter Questions to                  Keep Gresham Moving        What say and participation should neighborhoods have...
Charter Actions to Keep Gresham                     Moving!      City and Neighborhood Association Accountability Scoreca...
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  1. 1. Campaign Citizen Champions Building A New Relationship with Local Government Charter Review Champions A Citizen‟s Reform Champion Platform
  2. 2. Outline of Champion Reform Platform  Champion Charter Values  Champion Charter Priorities  Champion Charter Issues  Champion Charter Opportunities  Champion Charter Challenges  Metro Government, Multnomah County and City of Portland Relations  Downtown Gresham Development Vision  West Gresham and Rockwood Urban Renewal Progress  Pleasant Valley  Springwater Industrial Development Site  Infrastructure Costs and Responsible Development  A Citizen’s Charter Reform Campaign to Get Gresham Moving  Champion Charter Citizen Spokesmans Coming forward and inputting CRC prior to final recommendation to City Council2 Campaign Citizen Champions 503-737-7898 12/1/2011
  3. 3. Champion Values  Sustainability  Family and Children  Public Safety Funding  Job Creation, Retention and Economic Development  Parks, Recreation and Quality of Life  Citizen participation, interaction and influence systems  Transparency in Governance3 Campaign Citizen Champions 503-737-7898 12/1/2011
  4. 4. Champion Priorities  Citizen Engagement  2011 City Charter Review  Public Safety  Adequate financial creativity for the development of new revenue streams to support public services (No taxation without transparency)  Economic and Community Development  Provide Parks and Recreation operations and maintenance  Effective City support and programs for entrepreneurial and small businesses through grants, loans, and incentives for relocation and retention4 Campaign Citizen Champions 503-737-7898 12/1/2011
  5. 5. Champion Issues  Inadequate public safety funding  City general fund revenue continues to deteriorate  Current city election process encourages citizen apathy and disengagement in government processes  Inconsistent interpretation and enforcement of Gresham Charter Ordinances and Codes  Barriers to increased accessibility to government leaders  Gresham Redevelopment Commission Leadership, Planning, Organization and Citizen engagement in the urban renewal district fails to meet original charter prescribed by voter pamphlet  Current abuses of both the spirit and letter of our City Charter5 Campaign Citizen Champions 503-737-7898 12/1/2011
  6. 6. Champion Opportunities  Opportunity to strengthen “Buy Local” program by “Marketing to Region” and support of “cluster development” through a new Small Business Unit to implement citizen Charter initiatives  Utilize regional strengths to leverage strategic economic growth and recruitment of major clean tech companies to Gresham  Engage neighborhood associations and council citizen advisory committees in deliberative discussions for improved Charter reform for economic development strategy and its implementation  Perform a SWOT Analysis to determine which Gresham Characteristics need to be significantly improved to meet competitive industry site relocation criteria  Establish a cross-jurisdictional leadership process to address regional and sub regional issues where “going it alone” in Gresham no longer works  The City of Gresham, a city of over 100,000 population, should by Charter establish its own Municipal Court System to meet the local justice needs of our communities while generating revenue to pay for its operation  By Charter Reform partnership with Rockwood Public Utility District for creation of a Public Electric Utility District to significantly reduce electric utility rates and play a strong vital role in support of local business; attract new premium businesses; provide energy efficiency resources; enable sensitive industries to secure enhanced power quality; develops and delivers innovative technologies.6 Campaign Citizen Champions 503-737-7898 12/1/2011
  7. 7. Governance and Leadership  Implement by Charter Reform the establish working relationships with all neighborhoods of Gresham and not a favored few.  Implement Charter directive on citizen involvement as detailed in Mayor‟s Annual Report to insure effective ongoing communications and deliberation with citizen community in their neighborhoods through frequent updates on the City‟s Web Site and Council assigning City Councilors on a annual basis as Liaisons to specific active neighborhood associations  City Manager recommends to City Council priority citizen involvement projects to its annual work plan for their approval in support of its strategic economic long range planning  The City of Gresham details its citizen involvement role in legislative and executive implementation of regional and sub regional economic development plans  The City of Gresham details its citizen involvement role in securing regional land and transportation development to support its economic strategy and plan  The City of Gresham convenes a annual neighborhoods planning summit where each neighborhood with support of city staff drafts each neighborhood unique quality of life improvement strategy and plans as a key citizen initiative in deliberation of city‟s future7 Campaign Citizen Champions 503-737-7898 12/1/2011
  8. 8. Gresham Charter Should Support Strategic Direction  By requiring the development of a single page document which describe in clear language the city‟s vision and goals for economic development and key actions, programs for achievement and measurements of success  By encouraging private and public partnerships to support the delivery of the Gresham Economic Strategy and put in place mechanisms to assist in resolving conflicting regional points of view and approaches to issues  Requiring the establishing job creation targets and supporting housing stock to provide a balanced and realistic foundation for rational growth and development so as not to burden any neighborhood with a excess of jobless and poorly housed citizens  Encouraging sub regional goal of 100,000 jobs for the Metro Eastside with emphasis on new job creation and meeting the job back fill demands of the retiring community8 Campaign Citizen Champions 503-737-7898 12/1/2011
  9. 9. City Charter Impact On Our Economy  Require an annual report to citizens on the development and maintenance of a secure and productive resource base  Ensure adequate and appropriate land is developed for commercial and industrial use so the City of Gresham’s economy does not have to depend primarily on residential property tax base for community services  Promote the quality of life connection between people, jobs, recreation and environment through mixed land use and good transport linkages  Protect and enhance strategic regional infrastructure and service hubs, town centers, regional centers and corridors, including Portland International Airport, Port of Portland, road and rail connection  Maintain a balance between small retail businesses and large retail “discount” businesses in order to support a healthy economy and encourage family wage jobs and discourage predatory pricing to drive out “local” business establishments9 Campaign Citizen Champions 503-737-7898 12/1/2011
  10. 10. Preparing for Gresham City Charter Review  Sustainable prosperity is the overarching principle of the upcoming charter review and requires having a clear understanding of the public and private development systems that in concert increase quality of life for all citizens in our community  This goal requires broad view, which recognizes how our city‟s day to day activities affect our economy, environment and community  Determine if our current form of government Manager/Council process and election procedure (city wide non district elections) is adequately suited to support positive citizen participation and long term sustainability  Review the roles of Mayor, City Councilors, City Manager, City Attorney and City Auditor for efficiency, effectiveness and accountability  Recommend that City Auditor Position be an elected position10 Campaign Citizen Champions 503-737-7898 12/1/2011
  11. 11. Should Charter Impact Multnomah County Relations  Support, promote and facilitate a county wide coordination committee to insure a united strategy for our sector in the Portland metropolitan region policy formulation  Convene Multnomah County Commission and Gresham City Council in annual meetings to collaborate on common issues and solutions  Provide the legislative leadership necessary to change the business income tax structure to ensure that local dollars stay in Gresham  As partner, be a leader in economic and community development decision making process with Portland, Multnomah County and Metro Government  Engage Multnomah County and its municipalities in cross-jurisdiction economic development planning focusing on job creation and private sector companies recruitment and retention11 Campaign Citizen Champions 503-737-7898 12/1/2011
  12. 12. Why is Downtown Gresham Stuck in the Status Quo  Failed to build on 2020 Downtown Vision and Long Term Plan  Failed to Establish Downtown/Civic Center Urban Renewal District  Failed to broaden the engagement of downtown property owners and businesses to include city wide citizen input, collaboration and commitment Potential Charter Solutions - Support Professional Change Agents:  Continue the positive and creative input of best thinking of the new Council Citizen Design Committee  Support the new City Urban Design Department expertise and innovative staff to support this best thinking and practices to city wide development  Foster integration of transportation, land use, housing, quality of life and workforce development for job growth and job creation within the eastside metro regional and town center concept and economic development strategy  The basic question is how many jobs will this current development strategy add to the Gresham economy?12 Campaign Citizen Champions 503-737-7898 12/1/2011
  13. 13. Charter Reform and Rockwood Urban Renewal Progress  Cross-jurisdictional leadership and collaboration is critical to the economic and development goals of the Rockwood Town Center and all parts of the urban redevelopment district Questions:  How will the planned County Justice Facility increase Rockwood Town Center economic development and capital investment?  Will the Urban Renewal Catalyst Site generate new job creation and stimulate development and investment in the Rockwood community?  Should the Urban Renewal Commission establish a cross jurisdiction mixed use development design team to follow up on the University of Oregon Sustainability Initiative leverage Rockwood Town Center Development ?  Rockwood residents and businesses need to directly participate as partners in the creation of jobs and the economic wealth of the renewal district  Questions:  How would the they do that?  What is the Gresham Redevelopment Commission‟s target for new job creation and economic development?  What is the Gresham Redevelopment Commission‟s target for creating new partnerships; both private and non profit along with public agencies in support of the Rockwood Town Center Redevelopment efforts?13 Campaign Citizen Champions 503-737-7898 12/1/2011
  14. 14. Charter Directives for Infrastructure and Responsible Development  Housing, Transportation, Land Use, Parks and Recreation  Reverse the current trend of Gresham becoming the “Tale of Two Cities”  Be a leader at the joint metro transportation committee and insure eastside metro‟s fair share of economic and transportation capital projects and program dollars  Lead campaign for development of the critical North/South I-84 and Hwy 26 connector  Work with Clackamas County as another option for connector to Hwy 26 corridor for Springwater industrial and job development center  Work across jurisdictional boundaries to develop a leadership group for the development of an “eastside metro sub-regional economic strategy” and seek federal, state and private sources of funding/investment for infrastructure growth and development  Extend the design commission standards for quality development and sustainability on a city-wide basis  Commit to and support the creation of a Metro Eastside Parks and Recreation Regional Service District  Explore the creation of a Metro Eastside Regional Fire Service District14 Campaign Citizen Champions 503-737-7898 12/1/2011
  15. 15. Key Charter Questions to Keep Gresham Moving  What say and participation should neighborhoods have in community livability decisions?  What is the City‟s Long Term Strategic Plan and how does it impact our economy and neighborhoods?  Is the Mayor and City Council following both the spirit and letter of the City Charter, Code, and Council Rules?  What leadership role should the Mayor, Council and the City Manager play in the community and neighborhood development and especially new job creation?  Does the current requirements of the City Charter„s Election Process make it financially impossible for 95% of its citizens to run for elected office?  Why did the Citizen Initiative make Charter changes in support of District Elections and then eliminate District Elections for City Council? Whose interests did that serve?15 Campaign Citizen Champions 503-737-7898 12/1/2011
  16. 16. Charter Actions to Keep Gresham Moving!  City and Neighborhood Association Accountability Scorecard  Pipeline of Projects  Citizen Advisory Coordinating Committees  Establish Neighborhood Councils  Work with Police Department to utilize “Block Clubs” to reduce neighborhood crime levels  Reform City Election Process by returning to District Elections for City Council while retaining City Wide Elections for Mayor16 Campaign Citizen Champions 503-737-7898 12/1/2011
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