Scott Nelson, Governor John Kitzhaber’s Jobs & Economy Advisor


Slated to Speak at 13th Annual Central Oregon Business Expo


Columbia State Bank and the Redmond Chamber of Commerce & CVB announce that Scott Nelson, Jobs and Economy Advisor for Governor John Kitzhaber, as the keynote speaker presenting at the 13th Annual Central Oregon Business Expo, on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at the Deschutes Expo Center. This is the region’s premier business-to-business networking event of the year.


Nelson grew up in Corvallis and graduated from Corvallis High School. He served as policy director to Governor Kitzhaber’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign and now serves as Governor Kitzhaber’s senior policy advisor on jobs and
the economy.


Before returning to Oregon full time and re-engaging in policy and politics, Nelson spent five years in the Washington, DC, and Portland offices of K&L Gates LLP, counseling clients on a range of regulatory and policy issues, including energy, government ethics, political law and tax.


Prior to joining the firm, he served on the staff of U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan (D–ND) in several capacities, most recently as deputy chief of staff. He was also a Clinton administration appointee to the U.S. Department of Energy under Secretary Bill Richardson.


During law school, Nelson was a legal fellow in the office of Governor Mark Warner and served for two years as a law clerk in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Virginia.


Nelson graduated from Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota and the University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia.


“We are very excited to be bringing Mr. Nelson to the Central Oregon business community,” states Chamber Executive Director Eric Sande, “his insightful and informative presentation Oregon is Open for Business, promises to be very useful to both business professionals and small business owners alike.” His presentation will cover the Governor’s plans for creating a productive environment for business and putting people back to work across
the state.


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