Day: November 18, 2014

EDGA tackles how to bring them to Keizer

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes How can businesses be brought into Keizer? That was the hot topic during a recent Economic Development and Government Affairs (EDGA) committee meeting held at Keizer Civic Center. Christine Dieker, executive director of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce, suggested putting an economic development tab on both the chamber’s and the city’s website and noted such a feature on the Portland General Electric (PGE) website. “We need to enhance what we don’t have,” Dieker said. “We should steal the PGE idea for our website. We’re all in the business of economic development. We want to make sure Keizer does have something there or has people there that can answer questions.” Dieker further suggested having a “contact our team” page on the websites, possibly listing the EDGA chair, herself and Nate Brown – director of Community Development for Keizer – on the page. Dieker also wants to see a key stakeholder team of perhaps 30 people, with as many members of the team as possible being at events like ribbon cuttings. Mark Caillier, EDGA chair, passed around samples of what the city of Macedonia, Ohio did on their website as a fact sheet. “This little community did an incredible job of putting something together that looked really cool on their website,” Caillier said. “They hit their high points in a fact sheet you can just...

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Brad Coy stepping down as Greater Gubser Neighborhood Association president after a two-year stint

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Brad Coy has quite a bit on his plate. As such, Coy has announced he will no longer serve as president of the Greater Gubser Neighborhood Association (GGNA). Nominations for a new GGNA president can be made at the organization’s next monthly meeting, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. at Gubser Elementary School (6610 14th Avenue NE). Coy has served as GGNA president since the fall of 2012 and oversaw last year’s expansion of the organization. Last year, Coy also became Keizer’s representative on the Salem-Keizer Transit Board. A traffic engineer, Coy helps coach his two older daughters and supports wife Meredith in her role as the Keizer Soccer Club treasurer. The couple has four children, with the oldest being 7. In addition, Coy also teaches a daily seminary class to a group of McNary High School students as a volunteer for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “One of my goals from the very beginning in helping revitalize the Greater Gubser Neighborhood Association has been to develop an organization that can continue to thrive without me,” Coy said. “In learning the history of neighborhood associations in Keizer, I’ve realized they live and die with their leadership. I’ve known there would come a day when it was time to hand the baton to another, and now that time has come and I...

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