September Zoom Event – OC’S Northern Lights Shine

Oregon City Business Alliance

OC’S Northern Lights Shine

Zoom Webinar

Tuesday, September 22nd

11:30 am to 1:00 pm


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Come listen to several panelists share their vision for redeveloping and implementing their business and strategic plans in OC’s Northern Gateway District. Former OC Mayor Dan Fowler, who owns the Abernethy Center, will discuss the opening of Corner 14, which will be in the building that was previously Spicer Brothers Produce. It will consist of numerous food carts and a microbrew tasting room. OC Brewing is also planning on adding food carts across the street. Have you heard that Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton will be coming to Oregon City? Dan Fowler will be sharing the exciting details of this 99-room hotel, and even has pictures to share with you. Chris Storey, from WES, will share some of their plans to accommodate future growth for our region and partnerships with nonprofits for enhancements of watersheds. Jerry Herrmann will provide an update on the mitigation efforts underway to recirculate the water in the Clackamette Cove and a proposed nature preserve adjacent to the Cove and the Clackamas River. Brian Shaw, former OC Commissioner, will also share a proposed master plan for Clackamette Park and adjoining properties. Gail Yazzolino will give an update on all the new tourist programs at the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.




Panelist, Dan Fowler

Founding Director Dan Fowler, former Oregon City Mayor and active in community development, currently serves as the OCBA Vice President. Dan is committed to quality projects that improve the livability and economy of Oregon City. He has served as an Oregon City Commissioner, Chair of the South Board Water Board, Chair of the Urban Renewal Agency and Chair of the Historic Review Board. Dan currently serves as Co-Chair of the Homeless Solution Coalition of Clackamas County, Chair of Clackamas Heritage Partners and is a Board Member of the Providence Willamette Falls Foundation Board. Dan is co-owner of the Abernethy Center and his long-term business and community involvement brings a unique perspective and insight to the Oregon City Business Alliance Board.



Panelist, Chris Storey

Chris is the Assistant Director of Clackamas Water Environment Services (WES), the regional wastewater and surface water utility serving large portions of Clackamas County. His work is focused on protecting public health and the environment by ensuring the creation of clean water. From 2009 to 2019, Chris served on the Oregon City School Board as an elected member, including a nearly three- year term as Chair. In that capacity he met other members of the Oregon City Business Alliance and was impressed with their vision and dedication to making our community a better place to work and live. Eventually becoming an OCBA board member, he now serves as Secretary. Chris also serves as the congregational president for Oregon City Evangelical Church where he and his family attends. Prior to joining WES, Chris worked as an attorney for nearly 20 years in both private and public practice, representing banks, venture capital funds, real estate investors, and businesses from startups to Fortune 100 companies. He also formerly served as Legal Counsel for Clackamas County.


Panelist, Brian Shaw

Director Brian Shaw is a former City Commissioner for the City of Oregon City. He also served as an Urban Renewal Commissioner, Planning Commissioner, and a Founding Member of the Oregon City Historic Review Board. Brian currently is Board Member for the Clackamas County Homeless Solutions Coalition, serves on Oregon City Together (an organization dedicated to mitigating the use of drugs and alcohol in the school district), and serves on the Oregon City School District Budget Committee. Brian recently retired as an Application Engineer where for 30 years he worked mainly in the aerospace industry. He is now moving his former private practice as an architectural designer into a full-time operation. Brian has designed projects from Seal Rock, Oregon to Tokyo, Japan. He specializes in residential and passive solar projects. Having lived in Oregon City for over 45 years, Brian was raised on a farm in Eastern Oregon. He understands and respects our resources and continues to work toward the highest and best use of them.


Panelist, Gail Yazzolino

Gail Yazzolino is the Executive Director for Clackamas Heritage Partners, the official End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive and Visitor Information Center. Her guiding principles are to be diverse, inclusive and authentic in all of the programs, projects and events. The latest project is a movie “Oregon’s First People” telling the story of the Native Americans living here in Oregon City before the Westward Migration and the interruptions to their lives influenced by the Euro Americans and pioneers. She works with a variety of partners such as the Oregon City tourism and economic development, Clackamas County tourism -Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory, Travel Oregon – Oregon State Tourism and Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and National Parks – Oregon Trail states; to collaborate and coordinate with events, projects, programs and every opportunity we can to give all visitors an experience to remember!



Panelist, Jerry Herrmann

Jerry Herrmann is the Founder of the Rivers of Life Center and also the Founder of the John Inskeep Environmental Learning Center at Clackamas Community College. He trains and mobilizes over 50 youth annually, involving them in environmental enhancement work, and those with a “gift of gab” as Youth in Tourism Guides. Over the years, he has perfected 20 river tours, from Willamette Falls to distant points, both upriver and downriver. He and his organization support and advance economic development through sensitive stewardship of natural resources in built environments.





  • September 22, 2020
    11:30 am - 1:00 pm

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