I hope you are staying healthy and sane as you manage your businesses through another day; another month of this pandemic. While I secretly hoped turning over a new year would slow things down a bit, the first few weeks of 2021 have not proven to be any easier than those we lived through last year. However, I am hopeful each day that we see the number of vaccines distributed in Lane County increase. While faint, there does seem to be light at the end of the tunnel.
Today I wanted to share with you a few quick updates on important topics we have been tracking at the Chamber, and also hoped to get your feedback on what we should continue to prioritize as an organization over the next year.
Our top priorities in 2021
Many of us still feel the exhaustion of continuously having to react to the challenges of 2020. This year we have the benefit of being a little more prepared for what we may experience and as such have proactively identified our top areas of focus for the year:
We need your help understanding exactly what activities we can be doing to support you- please help us by taking 5 minutes to share your feedback here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BRMDFCM
The future of natural gas in our community
We have been closely tracking and participating in conversations around decarbonization and the future of natural gas in our community. After two years the City of Eugene and Northwest Natural are nearing the end of negotiations on a new franchise agreement amid public pressure on councilors to walk away from the franchise negotiations and ban new natural gas infrastructure in Eugene. Banning new natural gas infrastructure may negatively impact economic development activities as well as housing prices- what those impacts will be exactly have not been studied by the council.
Representing business in 2021 legislative session
A new legislative session is upon us and despite the pandemic and restricted access to the capitol, legislators are moving ahead with more than 3500 bills introduced for consideration this session.
While we have much more to report on, I will stop there and let you get on to enjoying your weekend. I appreciate the support of each of your businesses and look forward to learning how we can continue to work on your behalf in 2021. One more plug, to please take 5 minutes to share your feedback: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BRMDFCM