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Phone: 503-823-7300


1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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Lunch & Learn Frequently Asked Questions

When and where are Lunch and Learn Sessions held?

These events are offered from noon - 1:30 p.m. They are held on the second floor of the BDS Offices, at 1900 SW 4th Ave in conference room 2500A. The sessions utilize PowerPoint presentations and speakers who specialize in the topics. After each presentation there is an informal question and answer exchange. Stay tuned for upcoming Lunch and Learn dates and topics.

What is "Lunch and Learn"?

The Bureau of Development Services sponsors the Lunch and Learn Community Education Sessions for City of Portland development customers, interested community members, and City staff.

The purpose of the Lunch and Learn Session is to:

  • Provide current information, training and education on current development issues.
  • Create opportunities for public/staff interaction, discussion and feedback to improve our delivery of City development services.

Are Lunch and Learn events free? Do I need reservations?

The events are offered free of charge and do not require advance reservations. Join us for an educational session on various development topics!

If I miss a program, how can I get the information?

Information presented in past Lunch and Learn sessions is available in the Lunch and Learn Archive. There you will find a video of the presentation, a pdf file of the PowerPoint presentation, and additional links or information as applicable to the topic.

How do I get email notices for Lunch & Learn events?

Lunch & Learn topics are announced several weeks prior toeach event by posting information on the BDS website, an announcement in the BDS Plans Examiner digital newsletter, and sending an electronic announcement to local media and customers who sign up to receive BDS notifications. Subscribe to receive BDS notifications through our Subscriber Services.

How can I suggest a topic, or comment on a presentation?

If you have  a topic to suggest, or an idea about how we can improve our sessions, please email us through the Comments/Questions/Feedback portal on the BDS website. We look forward to hearing from you! Be sure to specify your comment is in regards to the Lunch and LearnSessions.