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The CC2035 Symposium Series continues with a look at Civic and Cultural Life in the Central City.
The Central City 2035 (CC2035) Symposium Series continues in the month of April with three new sessions focused on Civic and Cultural Life and Public Safety. At the upcoming symposium on April 8th, the vitality of the Central City's arts, culture and civic life will be discussed in-depth by a panel of experts in an effort to help guide CC2035. During the meeting the public can offer ideas and learn more about the topic.
The benefits of a strong cultural and civic life are numerous; increasing tourism, improving the local retail economy and raising educational performance in students. In addition to these, it helps make the Central City a more livable and attractive place that people flock to in order to live, work and shop.
With a diversity of popular destinations the Central City is the rich cultural hub of Portland that attracts visitors from all over the region. There is a great opportunity to improve its artistic and cultural vibrancy to further its role as a regional and national destination. On April 8th, and at a second meeting scheduled for April 28th, the symposiums are chances to learn and provide input about how CC2035 can help the central core of Portland continue to flourish culturally.
These topics are just two of the integrated themes under discussion about the Central City. Materials from previous and upcoming symposiums (when available) can be found in the Current Documents section of the website.
The CC2035 team will make reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities. Please notify us no fewer than five (5) business days prior to the event by phone 503-823-7700, by the TTY line at 503-823-6868 or by the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.
Neighbors West-Northwest and North Portland Neighborhood Services have extended their Solarize registration deadline to encourage greater public participation.
Monday April 11, 2011
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Portland, ORE - The price goes down when more neighbors join in! Neighbors West-Northwest and North Portland Neighborhood Services have already recruited over 285 homeowners in North and Northwest Portland for a bulk purchase of solar electric systems for their homes. Project organizers don't want their neighbors to miss out on this amazing opportunity. The registration deadline for these Solarize Portland campaigns has been extended to May 15, 2011.
Solarize Portland neighborhood projects are designed to simplify the process of going solar and bring cost reductions through volume purchasing. Free workshops make the process easy to understand by covering topics such as the size of system to purchase, budgeting and financing, and how to get started.
The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and the nonprofit organization Energy Trust of Oregon are working together to support the launch of Solarize Northwest and North Portland, and can help any Portland neighborhood associations or groups interested in operating Solarize projects. For these two projects, the City of Portland is providing strategic assistance and coordination, and Energy Trust is providing technical assistance and cash incentives to help lower the upfront cost of the solar electric systems. Also, Solar Oregon is offering educational workshops and providing database services. For more information about the history of the Solarize programs, visit www.portlandonline.com/bps/solarize.
The Neighbors West-Northwest Coalition (NWNW) promotes direct participation in grassroots democracy by supporting community efforts at the neighborhood level. Our services advance the voices of our constituent Neighborhood Associations as they strive to create livable, sustainable and equitable communities. www.nwnw.org
North Portland Neighborhood Services (NPNS), located in the Historic Kenton Firehouse, is the neighborhood office that serves residents in the 11 neighborhood associations in the North Portland district. www.npnscommunity.org
To create and enhance a vibrant city, BPS combines the disciplines of planning and sustainability to advance Portland's diverse and distinct neighborhoods, promote a prosperous and low-carbon economy, and help ensure that people and the natural environment are healthy and integrated into the cityscape. BPS provides a forum for community engagement and education, and is a catalyst for action. With a city full of partners, BPS develops creative and practical solutions on issues as far ranging as comprehensive, neighborhood and environmental planning, urban design, waste reduction and recycling, energy efficiency and solar technologies. This innovative, interdisciplinary approach strengthens Portland's position as an international model of sustainable development practices and commerce. www.portlandonline.com/bps
Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping utility customers benefit from saving energy and tapping renewable resources. Our services, cash incentives and energy solutions have helped participating customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas save nearly $600 million on energy bills. Our work helps keep energy costs as low as possible, creates jobs and builds a sustainable energy future. Learn more at www.energytrust.org or call 1-866-368-7878.
BPS E-News Issue 11
The BEST Awards, now in its 19th year, is known as the “Oscars” for Portland’s sustainable business community. It’s your chance to network with Portland’s innovative businesses, share a delicious locally-sourced breakfast and enjoy the suspense of the award announcements. I always look forward to getting a first look at Portland’s newest green products, enterprises and business practices. But I think the real value in attending the BEST Awards is finding inspiration from our amazing business community.
Today’s most successful companies know that natural resources are limited. They seek a competitive advantage by adjusting their operations to consume fewer resources, conserve energy in their buildings and fleet, reduce waste and buy more local goods and services.
Many companies in Portland understand that a healthy workforce is central to the success of their business and the local economy. In response, they find innovative ways to recruit and retain employees and promote equity in their business operations. A good example is last year’s small business winner, Bamboo Sushi, which pays living-wages for workers and chooses their distribution companies based on environmental sustainability and social equity practices for employees. Past BEST Award winners know that these smart approaches help drive customer loyalty and strengthen our community.
We hope you’ll join us on April 19th to celebrate Portland’s green business stars! Ticket sales close very soon. Learn more and buy tickets online at www.bestbusinesscenter.org.
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
BPS E-News Issue 11
Throughout the process of developing the Portland Plan, the city’s 25-year plan for growth and development, Portlanders have said that one of their top priorities is a robust economy and living wage jobs. The Portland Plan Economic Prosperity and Affordability Strategy presents a smart response to the complex challenges facing Portland.
Many Portlanders are out of work and struggle to make ends meet. The reasons for this are complex. Regional job growth has not been fast enough to bring down Multnomah County unemployment rates, and average wages and salaries in Multnomah County have not kept up with the rising cost of living over the last decade.
The Economic Prosperity and Affordability strategy focuses on business growth, a robust regional economy and individual prosperity. It draws on a broad range of implementation tools and partners in business development, urban innovation, land development, transportation, housing, education and training, and social supports, which collectively broaden local business opportunity and prosperity. Recognizing the connection between an educated workforce and a robust economy, for example, the strategy would pursue connections between higher education and firms in target industries to help solve technical challenges facing industry and transform innovations within school walls into commercially viable and valuable products.
The strategy identifies a series of “quick-start” actions that focus on traded sector job growth, urban innovation, trade gateway and freight mobility, and growing employment districts. One of these actions “… focus[es] business development resources on enhancing [the] competitiveness of businesses in five industry concentrations: Advanced Manufacturing, Athletic and Outdoor, Clean Tech, Software, and Research and Commercialization.” It also includes actions that address affordability, expanding opportunities for households that are currently unable to cover costs for basic needs. Another action would facilitate private investment in moderate-income housing to expand affordable housing options.
Based on thousands of public comments, expert counsel and extensive research, these focus areas and actions promise to be the most effective in achieving our goal of a thriving and prosperous city, with opportunity for all.
The Portland Plan team and its business partners are working together to make this strategy as strong and effective as possible. On April 29 (7:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.), the Portland Plan team will be hosting a business forum at the NW Natural Building to solicit more feedback on the Economic Prosperity and Affordability strategy, in particular, as well as the other Portland Plan strategies and an Equity Initiative. As in the past, we’ll be soliciting feedback from the business community to refine the strategies and ensure that they will help Portland businesses survive and thrive into the future.
For more information about the Portland Plan Business Forum, please contact Barry Manning: 503-823-7965 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Portland Plan Business Forum
Friday, April 29, 2011
7:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
NW Natural Building
220 NW 2nd Ave.
BPS E-News Issue 11
The month of March ushered in several Portland Plan Fairs around the city, family-friendly events where Portlanders learned about draft strategies for Portland’s future. Participants were invited to comment on strategies for education, economic prosperity and affordability, and healthy connected neighborhoods, as well as an equity initiative.
In addition, local food, music and dance made each of the four Portland Plan Fairs unique. An armadillo and yo-yo champion were the stars at the Oregon Zoo fair. Samosas and an all-girl indie folk band were featured in East Portland. And bilingual staff and interpreters were on hand in North Portland for a Latino-focused event, complete with an El Rey (KYRP-FM) station appearance.
The fairs drew hundreds of people, who provided essential feedback on the draft strategies while enjoying food, entertainment provided by Colored Pencils Art & Culture [http://www.coloredpencilsart.com/], and the company of their friends and neighbors.
What's next in the Portland Plan process? The City will take the feedback gathered from the surveys, fairs and other community meetings and write a draft Plan by early summer. The draft Plan will then be open for comment. The draft Plan will head to the Planning and Sustainability Commission in the fall, and be presented to the Portland City Council by the end of the calendar year.
The Portland Plan will drive public decisions and investments as the city grows and changes over the next 25 years. With its partner agencies, the City will use the Portland Plan as a strategic plan to ensure that Portland is a prosperous and healthy city, with opportunity for all. Addressing jobs, education, health, housing, transportation and equity and more, the Portland Plan will affect something important to everyone in the community.
Don’t miss one of the last opportunities to share your perspective on the ambitious strategies for Portland’s future, before the draft plan is published this summer. Make sure your voice is part of the plan by filling out our survey before May 1 at www.pdxplan.com.