Central Oregon Builders Association Government Affairs Department

Representing the building industry before government and in the community.
Our goals:

  • Promote & support policies that make housing/building a local, state and national priority
  • Monitor proposed legislation, fees, local regulations and code requirements that affect the industry
  • Support affordability, balance, and choice in home ownership options
  • The “Voice of and for Housing” in the local media
  • Political Action (Voluntary)
    • Central Oregon Small Business Political Action Committee

COBA Government Affairs Department

The Central Oregon Builders Association (COBA) Government Affairs Department provides member representation in three local counties (Crook County, Deschutes County, and Jefferson County) and five local cities (Bend, Redmond, Sisters, LaPine and Prineville) with the intent to formulate sound and successful partnerships with state and local government officials.

COBA members face numerous rules and regulations that govern many aspects of their industry. The challenge remains, how to stay competitive in an environment that increasingly faces burdensome mandates. The COBA Government Affairs Department researches and analyzes legislation and regulatory developments, represents the association’s interests, and educates local government and members on implications of various industry specific positions and priorities.

The goal, of COBA Government Affairs Department, is to safeguard your interests.

Government Affairs Committee:

Members who serve on the Government Affairs Committee provide staff with imperative input and direction regarding the capacity in which to represent members to local agencies and policy makers.

The Committee meets on the third Thursday of every month from 7:30 am – 9:00 am. For more information, contact Karna Gustafson, Vice President, Government Affairs and Legal Counsel.

Political Action/PAC

COBA specifically works with its political action committee, the Central Oregon Small Business PAC (COSBPAC), to support elected officials who advocate for job growth and housing within the Central Oregon small business community.

The COSBPAC is a very active political action committee in our region. Being an involved player in political races ensures our industry a seat at the table when issues that affect us are discussed. Our local contributions are compiled with those of other home builder associations across Oregon in the Oregon Home Builders Association’s political fund, and Oregonians for Affordable Housing.

In addition to candidate and issue support, the COSBPAC holds various fundraising events and activities.

For more information, contact Karna Gustafson, Vice President, Government Affairs and Legal Counsel.

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