Mayor Steve Callaway Welcomes Governor Kate Brown to Hillsboro
Hillsboro Mayor Steve Callaway welcomed Governor Kate Brown for an afternoon visit on Monday as the two leaders discussed efforts to continue job growth in Hillsboro, as well as programs that engage local youth and prepare them for career development.
The Governor stopped first at Beaverton Foods in North Hillsboro, where she and Mayor Callaway received a guided facility tour from company owner Dominic Biggi. Known for its gourmet condiments, Beaverton Foods was started by Dominic’s grandmother, Rose, in 1929.
Biggi walked Governor Brown and Mayor Callaway through the North Hillsboro facility, which opened in 2001. Beaverton Foods includes brands such as Beaver Brand, Inglehoffer, Napa Valley, Charle’s Salsa, Tulelake, and Pacific Farms. The company is now the largest producer of non-refrigerated horseradish and specialty mustards in the United States.
“Governor Brown showed a great understanding and appreciation of the City’s efforts to assist businesses like Beaverton Foods in expanding in Hillsboro and creating new jobs,” Mayor Callaway said. “Having strong partnerships with the State of Oregon, Business Oregon, and other partner organizations is essential to helping our employers grow and succeed in Hillsboro and in the region.”
From there, Mayor Callaway showed Governor Brown the North Hillsboro Industrial Area, where new and expanding companies will create additional jobs. A short distance away, the Governor and Mayor visited Hillsboro Airport, where the Port of Portland explained the Airport’s economic impact and strategic importance for the region.
The Governor’s visit ended at Hillsboro’s Brookwood Library, where Mayor Callaway introduced her to members of the Hillsboro Youth Advisory Council and a group of parents and children who were on hand for storytime.
Governor Brown learned how the City of Hillsboro and community partners including the Hillsboro School District and the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce are expanding opportunities for youth. Many of those opportunities could one day help local students gain employment in Hillsboro.
“For Governor Brown to invest three-and-a-half hours to get to know Hillsboro and our people and businesses demonstrates her enthusiasm for the great things happening here,” Mayor Callaway said. “We sincerely appreciate her time and interest in engaging with our families and youth, and we are grateful that the Governor expressed the State’s willingness to help Hillsboro continue to thrive as an economic hub and as an exceptional community to live in.”