Today along with many others, we celebrate Juneteenth as the day General Gordon Granger arrived in Texas to read General Order No. 3, which most importantly stated, “The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and free laborer.”

We mourn the losses of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, and the countless others whose lives were taken away due to systemic racism still prominent within the United States. We find there is still work that needs to be done for absolute equality of rights. We stand with Black Lives Matter and our Black community. It has been made clear that we are not doing enough as a firm, and we apologize that it took the deaths of our Black citizens to contribute in a bigger way. 

Below are some actionable steps Elcon is taking to promote equality and equity within our Pacific Northwest communities.  

- We will be enacting an annual $1000 college scholarship award directed towards BIPOC students pursuing a degree in electrical engineering. 
- We will increase our involvement in associations promoting minority-owned businesses including Oregon’s Association of Minority Entrepreneurs and their high school youth program. 
- We will match employee contributions to organizations focusing on furthering equality and equity within the BIPOC community. 
- We will team up with Portland’s K-12 school programs to encourage and promote engineering and design to at-risk youth. 

As a minority-owned engineering consulting business, we should not be settling for the status quo as defined and point allocated through good faith efforts. We need to be on the forefront testing the limits of our capabilities and trying out new ideas that will likely increase the benefits for our community as a whole. Through these actions, we plan to keep an open dialogue regarding systemic racism within our county, and we plan to be held accountable as a company.
Elcon Associates, Inc. Board of Directors
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