Sullivan: An open letter to Dollar General
Howard Sullivan is president and chief executive officer of the Forest Grove/Cornelius Chamber of Commerce. He lives in Forest Grove.
Dear Mr. Todd J. Vasos,
On behalf of the Forest Grove/Cornelius Chamber of Commerce, I am writing to formally invite you and your leadership team to visit our city prior to breaking ground on your new Dollar General development planned for Gales Creek Road.
As a business looking to set down roots in our city, we encourage you to take the time to learn more about our city, and how your development can be a positive addition to our community.
Recently, the developer working on your behalf hosted a community meeting about the development. They answered questions as best they could, but many of our community's inquiries were not addressed because the developer said those questions needed to be answered by Dollar General directly. As such, we think a community Q&A would be a great help setting the foundation for a positive relationship between our city's residents, its local businesses and Dollar General.
Two years ago, MGC Pure Chemicals America made its plans known to establish a production facility in Forest Grove. While the MGC Pure Chemicals plant development differs greatly from the proposed Dollar General development, the company's efforts to learn more about our community and address citizen questions is a model we recommend all major developers emulate.
MGC Pure Chemicals' chief executive officer — who is based in Japan — traveled to Forest Grove, along with the company's chief financial officer and leadership staff, to host a community forum. Residents were able to directly ask questions and provide valuable feedback on the development. The Chamber of Commerce hosted a dinner with company leadership and local business voices.
Having a positive relationship with the local community is important for any new development, and is especially important when the community has questions and concerns. The steps taken by MGC Pure Chemicals helped establish a positive, productive relationship between the company and our city.
We hope that you will make this same effort.
I look forward to hearing from you.