Bill Wyatt to Discuss Global Competition

Bill Wyatt, executive director of the Port of Portland, will discuss "Global Competition/Local Impacts" at the Thursday, Feb. 26, Willamette University/Oregon Public Broadcasting Breakfast Forum at the Multnomah Athletic Club. Breakfast is served at 7:30 a.m. and Wyatt's talk begins at 7:45 a.m.

Tickets are $15 a person or $100 for a corporate table of eight. For reservations, please call the Alumni Relations Office at Willamette University at 503-375-5304 by Feb. 24.

The Port of Portland, the second oldest Port on the West Coast, provides facilities and services to move cargo and people through its five marine terminals, and four airports (Portland International Airport, Troutdale, Hillsboro and Mulino).

Although the Port boundaries are limited to Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties, it plays a significant role in the economy of the Pacific Northwest.

Wyatt, who began working at the Port in the fall of 2001, has been active in regional political and business circles over the past 30 years. Prior to joining the Port, he served as chief of staff for Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber for seven years. In that post he helped oversee the operations of the state's agencies and divisions, comprised of 46,000 employees with an annual budget of more than $11 billion.

Prior to serving as chief of staff, Wyatt served as president of the Oregon Business Council and executive director/president of the Association for Portland Progress. He represented Clatsop and Columbia counties as a member of the Oregon House of Representatives from 1974-76 and worked for the Oregon State Employees Association and the City of Portland.

Wyatt has been a board member of numerous non-profit boards, including Oregon Public Broadcasting. He has also served as chair of the Urban League of Portland, and was a board member for Crabbe-Huson Funds.