Local businesses thrive with Gresham-Barlow’s investment in schools

In April, Gresham residents will celebrate the groundbreaking of the new North Gresham Elementary School and Gresham businesses are excited to help with these new projects. Bremik Construction, the general contractor responsible for the construction of the new school, is committed to local hiring and contracting.

“The funds of this bond are coming from the constituents of the district, and every time they can keep the money in the district it helps the local economy that much more,” said Bremik employee Trevor DeLuca, a Gresham High School Alum (‘06). “As the general contractor, we end up being the general gatekeeper of that, and we want to do everything we can to support local businesses and our community.”

While still in the early stages of construction and planning, Bremik and the School District have already demonstrated this commitment to supporting East County businesses.  Bremik Construction has hired a Gresham-based construction company to work on North Gresham. North Star Industries was founded in 1975, and the company furnishes steel decking and joists. It has worked on notable projects across Oregon including the Fox Tower and the Moda Center. Now the firm is working on a hometown project that will serve families in Gresham’s North Central neighborhood.

East county business leaders celebrate district commitment

Gresham-Barlow CFO Mike Schofield, receiving the Gresham Chamber of Commerce’s Try Local award this past January.

The District’s effort to invest in local businesses was recently recognized by the Gresham Chamber of Commerce. Gresham-Barlow received the 2017 “Try Local First Champion Award” for their commitment to supporting local businesses. The Chamber gives the annual award to encourage investments in the community’s entrepreneurs. The Chamber states that supporting local businesses maximizes local job creation, minimizes environmental impact, and keeps money circulating in East County.

“When we invest bond dollars in the community, we believe that a portion of it is recycled back into the local economy, which positively links neighbors in an economic web,” said Gresham-Barlow Superintendent Katrise Perera. “I am grateful for the recognition and acknowledgement of our commitment to our local economy by the Gresham Chamber of Commerce.  I believe when you invest in schools to enrich student safety and learning – it is good for the locality, the state, and ultimately, this great nation.”

The Gresham-Barlow School District encourages local businesses to consider bidding for contracts for the bond-funded renovations underway across the district. More information about the bidding process and Requests for Proposals are available on the Gresham-Barlow school bond website.