We’ve survived so much. Now, let’s get thriving!

We’ve survived so much. Now, let’s get thriving!

#ICYMI State of the City was on March 29!

But don’t worry, the full event is available online here: https://www.beavertonoregon.gov/246/State-of-the-City (or use QR Code above). In this year’s event, I spoke with each City Councilor about topics that are important to our community: homelessness, federal funding, economic recovery, governance, and downtown development. I also shared from the Reser about a handful of other topics. I want to give a huge shout-out to city staff who have done so much more than simply keep the lights on. They’ve been innovative, collaborative, and creative – and they’ve found new and sometimes more efficient ways to serve our community.

I’ve been impressed by your resilience, Beaverton. And I love hearing about our community coming together to help each other survive. This is so necessary! But also – we’ve done enough surviving. It’s time to THRIVE! We have some structural issues we need to address as we move forward. We have a growing crisis where many people are experiencing (or on the verge of) homelessness – and support is critical. The pandemic highlighted areas where our infrastructure is lacking, like childcare, broadband access, and flexible work. These are things we need to keep talking about, advocating for, and collaborating on.

Beaverton, you’re looking good. You’re the place to be! You’ve survived so much. Now let’s get thriving.


Lacey Beaty was elected Mayor of Beaverton in 2020. Prior to serving as Mayor, she served for six years on the Beaverton City Council.