The two entities are exploring ways to support each other as the community continues to develop

Molalla City Council members and the Molalla Area Chamber of Commerce board held a joint meeting March 21 to work together to find concepts they can use to help make Molalla thrive as a community.

The idea for this joint meeting came about late last year, said Council member Leota Childress the liaison to the chamber from the council, to discuss how both of these boards can collaborate about community events.

The group of 18 people met and Wilda Parks led a discussion. She has a history of working as CEO of the North Clackamas County Chamber for more than 12 years as well as the Milwaukie City Council and interim mayor of that city.

Molalla City Council and the Molalla Area Chamber of Commerce had a joint meeting recently.

Parks spoke about working together.

Bringing together the groups concerned with city business and town business to make the community and its events stronger.

"She has experience combining both city government work with business work helping make her city better," said Childress.

During her career, Parks has been vice chair of the Milwaukie Planning Commission, chair of the Monroe Street Greenway advisory group, Clackamas County citizen representative on the Metro's Policy Advisory Committee, member of the county's C4 committee, Economic Development Commission and general fund Budget Committee. She also worked as chair of the county's Cultural Coalition, a member of the Grow Oregon Council and the small business development center advisory board.

"We went through a summary of what needs to happen to help our Chamber thrive," City Manager Dan Huff told the Pioneer, and while there were no decisions made, it seemed there was a concensus that we need to work together. I feel like both parties are 100 percent committed to the community."

Like Childress, Huff sees a continuing discussion about the two coming together at the City Council's first meeting in April.

"Everyone is for sharing our experiences and looking for ways to determine how to support each other; and finding new ways to collaborate for community purposes," Childress told the Pioneer.

Even though nothing was decided, Childress noted that it was a good meeting. "Everyone is on the same page. I believe there's a general consensus that we may begin meeting quarterly and with possible emerging subcommittees on specific items or projects we identify."

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