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2023 Legislative Summit

March 8-9, 2023 – Salem Convention Center & Oregon State Capitol

This important event is a great opportunity for college presidents, board members, campus advocacy coordinators, students and other advocates to learn more about impacts to community colleges during the Legislative Session. You’ll hear from legislators, veteran community college advocates, and students, and learn advocacy best practices and important messaging as we work to support community colleges during the 2023 Legislative Session. The Summit will take place March 8 at the Salem Convention Center, while March 9 will be reserved for colleges to meet with legislators at the Capitol.

SCHEDULE – Click here for the agenda & speakers!

March 8 – Summit & Reception, Salem Convention Center

  – Click here for a Convention Center Map

  – Registration: 10:45-11:30 a.m. (outside the Santiam rooms in the Gallery) 

  – Summit Program: 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Santiam Rooms 1, 2 & 3 on first floor)

  – Reception: 5-7 p.m.

RECEPTION, March 8 – 5-7 p.m.

Join us following the March 8 Summit session for a special reception with legislators from 5-7 p.m. Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages are included and there will wine available for purchase from Chemeketa Cellars. A special thank you to Chemeketa Cellars from Chemeketa Community College for providing the wine for the reception (no-host), and to Oregon Coast Culinary Institute from Southwestern Oregon Community College for providing the appetizers!

March 9 – Lobby Day, Oregon State Capitol

– Colleges are responsible for scheduling their meetings with legislators – Click here to access the legislator meeting feedback form.

– OCCA office hospitality area (please see below for additional details)


Cancellation Policies

General Cancellation Policy
If an attendee cancels by March 2, they may receive a full refund for registration. Cancellations after March 2 are not eligible for a refund but may be transferred to another person without penalty. Please notify OCCA of any registration transfers by March 6.

COVID-19 Policy/Cancellation Due to COVID-19

No COVID-19 vaccination is required to attend the OCCA Legislative Summit. However, attendees are encouraged to take the measures needed to feel comfortable (i.e., wear a mask, use hand sanitizer). OCCA will have masks and hand sanitizer available. If a registered attendee is unable to attend due to a positive COVID-19 test or if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, OCCA will provide a refund of 90% of the registration fee. Registration also may be transferred to another person without penalty.


Book by Feb. 5, 2023, to secure your room at a special rate at The Grand Hotel in Salem, connected to the Salem Convention Center. The Grand Hotel is a short walk to the Oregon Capitol for your lobby day visits on March 9.

Rate: $149 – taxes/fees not included

To Book: Call 877-540-7800 to book your room and be sure to reference the OCCA Legislative Summit to get the special rate. Reservations must be made by Sunday, Feb. 5.

Check-in: 3 p.m. March 8; Check-out: 11 a.m. March 9


Due to construction at the Capitol, there will be no areas inside the Capitol for you to wait between meetings with legislators. Please feel free to come to the OCCA office, located at 260 13th St. NE, just a few blocks’ walk from the Capitol. OCCA will have light snacks and refreshments available. Please note that parking at the OCCA office is limited, so walking from the Capitol may be your best option. If you need assistance, please call the OCCA office, 503-399-9912, and we would be happy to provide a ride.


Legislative Summit, Salem Convention Center – March 8

  • Parking Options:
    • Salem Convention Center/Grand Hotel – Underground parking is available for guests and event attendees at 201 Liberty St SE, Salem, 97301 – enter from Liberty Street (front of the hotel).
      • There are 2 electric vehicle charging stations located in the underground parking garage. Stations are operated by Blink. Standard charging fees apply.
    • Pringle Parkade – Complimentary roof top parking. This garage is a 5 minute walk to the Convention Center. Address is 325 High Street SE (1 block SE of the Grand Hotel) – enter from High or Liberty Streets.
      • If top floor is full or closed, you may park in any space EXCEPT the free spots which have covered meters or Free Parking signage.
    • Please note there is NO Salem Convention Center parking allowed at the Liberty Parkade.

Lobby Day, Oregon State Capitol – March 9

  • Parking is limited around the Capitol as many of the spots are currently reserved for construction workers. There are metered spaces that are generally available about a block away from the Capitol. These meters do accept credit cards. Be sure to give yourself extra time in case you must walk a bit further from your parking spot to the Capitol. If you are staying at the Grand Hotel, you may want to walk to the Capitol (approximately four blocks away).
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