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SBA Emerging 200 Companies Graduate!

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On December 11, 2009, sixteen Portland Oregon area small businesses graduated from the Small Business Administration 2009 Emerging 200 Program that began 9 months ago. This was an opportunity for businesses to obtain executive level training similar to an MBA to assist them with taking their business to the next level.

SBA Emerging 200 Companies Graduate!

The goal of the Emerging 200 program is to identify 200 inner-city businesses across the country who show a high potential for growth. This program provides the selected businesses with a network, resources and motivation required to build a sustainable business of size and scale within a designated inner-city geographic location.

On behalf of the City of Portland’s Bureau of Development Services, Director Paul Scarlett and past Small Business Liaison Tiffani Penson partnered with the SBA on this project helping to identify 3 of the 16 qualifying businesses. BDS is proud to say that Tree In a Box; Holman’s Bar & Grill and O’Neil Electric successfully joined Sports Unlimited; The Joinery; The Gartrell Group LLC; Sign Wizards; Pacific Code & Label; Home Dialysis Plus, Ltd; The Jasmine Pearl Tea Merchants; SeQuential Biofuels, Inc; K & F Coffee; SightWorks, Inc; Rocco’s Pizza & Pasta and Bardy Tiffani PensonTrophy Company in graduating from the program.

In addition, the SBA presented Tiffani Penson with an award for her work and enthusiasm on the Emerging 200 program. “It was my pleasure working with SBA District Director Harry DeWolf and Communications Director Sylvia Gercke on this program. I truly believe this is a great opportunity for businesses and look forward to helping in my new role at the Office of Management & Finance.”

Portland, Oregon is only the twelfth city chosen for the E200 Program and the only city where all the original starting businesses graduated from the program. Next year SBA plans to expand this opportunity with a focus on the businesses in the Native American Community.

For more information, contact Harry DeWolf at or Sylvia Gercke at


PGE Park Renovation Project

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PGE Park Renovation ProjectThe proposed PGE Park renovation project is subject to the City's Design Review process. A Type III Design Review application has been submitted for the renovation of PGE Park to accommodate Major League Soccer (MLS).

A new grandstand will be constructed along the east sideline complete with permanent seating terraces, a restaurant below grade, concourse, concessions and restrooms. The new SW 18th Avenue elevation will feature an expanded entrance/terrace at both the northeast and southeast corners of the site, with restrooms and concessions between.

A club deck is proposed at the center of the elevation. A large portion of this new seating along SW 18th will be roofed. A new team retail store and ticket booth is planned for the northeast terrace area. A new club/training entry is planned for the southeast terrace area. The playing field will be relocated to align with a new seating bowl configuration. The new soccer pitch will be defined on four sides with seating at field level. The new south-end seating will include a built-in stage to allow conversion for alternate sports, entertainment events and concerts.

Existing field lighting and scoreboards will be removed and replaced with new. A new scoreboard will be located at the south-end of the field. New signage will also be planned. The existing service drive adjacent to the MAC club will be regraded and repaved.

For more information, please go to PGE Park Renovation Project webpage at

The public works bureaus transition to new business practices and public works permitting procedures

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Lunch & Learn - Public Works Permitting ProcessOn April 16, 2009, Council directed the public works bureaus and the Bureau of Development Services to plan and implement a comprehensive set of improvements to Portland’s development review and permitting services. An interagency team of public works and development bureaus, representatives of the Development Review Advisory Council and a focus group of development professionals and stakeholders spent the next 8 months refining many aspects of the public works permitting process.

As part of the new process, public works review staff from the Water Bureau, Transportation Bureau, and Environmental Services relocated to the 1900 Building in early December. Combining Public Works Permit review, process management, and related land use staff in one location is intended to bring efficiencies to both the City’s public works permitting and land use review functions.

January started the rollout of several new practices and procedures for the review of Public Works Permits, including:

  • Reduced turnaround times
  • Predictable fees
  • A revised appeals process patterned after BDS building code appeals
  • Project-specific portion of Conflict Resolution

This is a new process for both staff and applicants. Trainings are being scheduled throughout February and March for frontline staff, review groups, applicants, and other users. The first public training is a Lunch and Learn session scheduled for February 12 (See Public Works Permitting Process - Lunch & Learn Flyer), to be repeated February 23 and March 16.

The Public Works website is continually being updated with informational handouts, fee information, applications, and checklists for the revised procedures as they become available. All public works permits submitted after January 1, 2010 will be reviewed using the updated process.

Lunch & Learn: Introduction to the Public Works Permitting Process

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2/16/10 - Lunch & Learn

Lunch & Lean: Introduction to the Public Works Permitting Process - February 23, 2010, Noon - 1:00 pm, 1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR, 97201.If you weren't able to make the inaugural training earlier this month, the Public Works Permitting group is offering An Introduction to the Public Works Permitting Process again on February 23rd. The Lunch and Learn style training will present:

  • changes and improvements to the public works permit process;
  • how to navigate the new permit review process; and
  • an outline of the new appeals procedures.

Check out the Lunch and Learn Flyer for details regarding date, time, and location of the training. This training is important for all public works permit applicants - all public works permits submitted after January 1, 2010 will be reviewed using the updated process.

Additional information, as well as applications and checklists, for the revised process can be found on the Public Works website.