ORLA Grasstop Meetings

Regional Conversations Discuss Legislative Updates and Issues That Matter Most to Members 


Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association is gearing up for its third round of regional “grasstops” meetings to provide members with insider's access to information and intelligence as it relates to government affairs activities and how to address operational challenges due to new and pending legislation. 

Members are encouraged to participate in these regional meetings, not only to stay on top of what's happening in Salem this session but also to discuss best practices with fellow industry members and ORLA staff. With greater industry knowledge, members can gain a competitive advantage to achieve their profit benchmarks.

This round of regional meetings will focus on several topics including:
  • Restrictive scheduling
  • 2017 legislative session updates
  • Lodging tax creep
  • Short-term rental regulations
  • Tip pooling lawsuit 
  • Local issues
Spring regional meeting schedule to date:

April 26, 2017 - Southern Oregon
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Ashland Springs Hotel, Ashland
Representative: Joel Pomerantz at JPomerantz@OregonRLA.org or call 541.517.3791

April 27, 2017 - Southern Oregon
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Running Y Resort, Klamath Falls
Representative: Joel Pomerantz at JPomerantz@OregonRLA.org or call 541.517.3791

May 1, 2017 - Central Oregon
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Worthy Brewing, Bend
Representative: Joel Pomerantz at JPomerantz@OregonRLA.org or call 541.517.3791

June 5, 2017 - Oregon Coast
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Buoy Beer, Astoria 
Representative: Marla McColly MMcColly@oregonrla.org or call 503.428.8694

June 12, 2017- Willamette Valley

Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Valley River Inn, Eugene
Representative: Joel Pomerantz at JPomerantz@OregonRLA.org or call 541.517.3791

June 13, 2017 - Willamette Valley
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Bentley's, Liberty Room, Salem
Representative: Marla McColly MMcColly@oregonrla.org or call 503.428.8694

June 14, 2017 - Greater Portland
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Migration Brewing
Representative: Steve Scardina at SScardina@OregonRLA.org or call 503.718.1495

June 19, 2017 - Mt. Hood/The Gorge
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, The Dalles
Representative: Steve Scardina at SScardina@OregonRLA.org or call 503.718.1495


June 28, 2017 - Greater Portland
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: The Pit Stop Sports Bar & BBQ Grill, Beaverton
Representative: Steve Scardina at SScardina@OregonRLA.org or call 503.718.1495

July 25, 2017 - Greater Portland
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: TBA, Oregon City
Representative: Steve Scardina at SScardina@OregonRLA.org or call 503.718.1495


These are informal, open discussions for members. Non-members are welcome to attend the first meeting in their region; please contact the regional representative to hear the benefits of association. 

If you are interested in hosting a meeting, contact the regional representative directly, or call ORLA for more information at 800.462.0619.