Fall 2020 Newsletter

The Tualatin Valley at Work

New Grants Announced

Several new grant opportunities have become available for Oregon businesses affected by COVID-19. The state has approved $20 million to Business Oregon’s Emergency Assistance Fund and Washington County has approved a relief fund for food and tourism related businesses as well.

Governor Brown and the Oregon legislature recently approved $55 million in financial assistance to support Oregon businesses. Funds will be allocated to counties to distribute to businesses that have been hit hard by COVID-19. More information will be released soon. Check the Washington County website, as well as the WCVA’s industry site, as information will be posted as it is released.

In addition to the additional assistance announced by the governor, the Washington County Board of Commissioners approved a Coronavirus Relief Fund for food service and tourist establishments impacted by COVID-19. Grant awards range from $500 to $4,900. Applications must be submitted by November 30, 2020.

The Business Oregon’s Emergency Small Business Assistance Fund, which opened to applications Thursday afternoon, already has received the initial limit for funding requests. Please check the Business Oregon website often. They will post updates if, after initial review of applications received, they have room for more applicants.

Learn more about grants >>>

Tualatin Valley Trail Online Open House

Washington County is asking for public input on three route options for a new region trail, the Tualatin Valley Trail. The biking and walking path will run parallel to TV Highway (OR-8) and will connect Aloha, Beaverton and Hillsboro. The route is meant to be a safer alterative to TV Highway for pedestrians and cyclists.

The Tualatin Valley Trail online open house is live now through December 11. Read More & Give Your Input >>>

Helping the Environment One Cleanup at a Time

The non-profit sustainability group SOLVE, along with the Portland Business Alliance, Portland Lodging Alliance and other Portland partners, including Travel Portland, help to bring together the hospitality industry with monthly Downtown Portland Volunteer Litter Cleanup Day events.

The latest event, held last month, brought together more than 315 volunteers for a Halloween-themed Downtown Portland Litter Cleanup. Families, businesses and community members were among the Portlanders who came out to give back to the city. Together, these volunteers made Downtown Portland a cleaner place by collecting 3,645 pounds of litter from city streets, sidewalks and green spaces. Read More >>>

Take the COVID-19 Safety Pledge to Instill Visitor Confidence

As COVID-19 continues to greatly affect Tualatin Valley’s tourism industry, it is important—now, more than ever—to show potential visitors what steps our hospitality and tourism industry are taking to ensure the safety of our guests. Take the Tualatin Valley Safety Pledge and show your commitment to state and county safety protocols. Your business name will be added to a list of businesses that are adhering to COVID-19 safety precautions that will be available to potential visitors as they plan their future trips. Take the Pledge >>>

WCVA Welcomes New Board Member: Scott Congdon

This January, the WCVA will welcome its newest Board Member, Scott Congdon, general manager for the new AC by Marriott Portland Beaverton, which is slated to open in early 2021. Scott previously worked at TownePlace Suites Portland-Beaverton, a 112-room hotel, which was the first to open in Beaverton in more than 20 years. His experience also includes serving as general manager for The Ocean Lodge in Cannon Beach, assistant general manager at Hotel Vintage in Portland. Meet the WCVA’s Board of Directors >>>

Official 2021-2022 Tualatin Valley Visitor Guide

Pre-order the official 2021-2022 Tualatin Valley Visitor Guide for your business. The new guide will be available January 2021, and we provide them to businesses at no charge. This guide, which is an overview of the many things to see and do and places to stay, drink and eat in Tualatin Valley, is one of the marketing tools to inspire visitors to travel to Tualatin Valley. Place your order >>>

Hotel Occupancy Hovers Around 50 Percent

COVID-19 has directly affected the hotel industry throughout the United States, and Washington County is no exception. While Washington County’s hotel occupancy is performing better than other destinations, it is still a decrease from last year during the same period.

For October 2020, Washington County’s hotel occupancy averaged 50.3 percent a 31.1 percent decrease from the same period last year. The average daily room rate (ADR) during the same period was $90.77 a 24.8 percent decrease from the same period in 2019. See charts for October 2020 >>>

For the week of November 8-14, 2020, Washington County’s hotel occupancy averaged 50.4 percent, a 28.1 percent decrease from the same period last year. The average daily room rate (ADR) during the same period was $89.39, a 24.3 percent decrease from the same period in 2019. See the charts for November 8-14 >>>

We Have Masks!

The WCVA still has a supply of KN95 masks available. If your tourism-related business is located in Washington County and you need a supply of masks, please email us at info@wcva.org, Supplies are limited. Businesses may request up to four boxes (each box contains 50 masks).