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Jarvez Hall, executive director of the nonprofit East Metro Economic Alliance, works to fight poverty and grow businesses opportunities in culturally diverse east Multnomah County, including the cities of Gresham, Troutdale, Wood Village and Fairview.

Jarvez Hall, executive director of the nonprofit East Metro Economic Alliance, works to fight poverty and grow businesses opportunities in culturally diverse east Multnomah County, including the cities of Gresham, Troutdale, Wood Village and Fairview.

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East County Business Focus

Jarvez Hall grows prospects in culturally diverse region

East Multnomah County is one of the most culturally diverse areas in the state, and also one of the poorest. That reality has been the impetus behind push by the nonprofit East Metro Economic Alliance (EMEA) to transform the east county area by coordinating economic development with East Portland as well as the four cities that comprise the eastern end of the county – Gresham, Wood Village, Fairview and Troutdale.