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As the Recovery Grows, Portland is Positioned to Benefit

Oregon employment tops pre-recession highs, posts biggest one-month jump in decades

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17, 2014 – A report released this week from the Oregon Employment Department offers some great news on the job front:

More Oregonians are employed now than were at the beginning of the recession. And November produced the biggest one-month jump in employment since the state started keeping comparable records in 1990.

"We've been watching this trend for months now. Jobs throughout Oregon are on the rise and Portland is leading the way," Mayor Charlie Hales said.

Multiple sectors saw significant increases of 1,000 or more jobs in November, including retail, business services, hospitality, construction, wholesale trade and government.

"It is rare for so many industries to gain that many jobs in one month," the Employment Department said in a statement released Tuesday morning.

The Oregonian’s Mike Francis wrote this story.


Mayor to Washington Post: 'There are some really deep cultural roots to the character of Portland'

MONDAY, OCT. 20, 2014 -- The Washington Post column "Wonkblog" on Monday focused on Portland's success as a destination city -- one people move to because it's great, then find a job and make a life here. 

Reporter Emily Badger interviewed Mayor Charlie Hales about Portland, and followed up with economist Joe Cortright on the facts of Portland's success: 

  • Portland has contained urban sprawl with urban growth boundaries.
  • Unemployment rate for 25-to-34-year-olds with a college degree in metro Portland is 4.8 percent -- lower than it is in Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta or New York City.
  • Its long-held values -- sharing economy, local food sources, entrepreneurship -- are now trendy.

Hales, whose interview with Badger prompted the piece, praised it as a fun, insightful look at Portland.

Read the full column.


Mayor Marks National Manufacturing Day at Benson High

FRIDAY, OCT. 3, 2014 -- Today is National Manufacturing Day‬, when “more than 1,600 American manufacturers will open their doors and take up the important work of inspiring our young people to pursue careers in manufacturing and engineering,” reads President Barack Obama’s proclamation.

Mayor Hales speaks to students

"National Manufacturing Day carries a special meaning in Portland, a city of makers," Mayor Charlie Hales said. "We brew beer. We make outdoor and athletic gear. We build everything from airplane parts to really tall bikes."

Standing before a group of about 50 students at Benson Polytechnic High School, Hales talked about his grandfather, who spent his career as an engraver at the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, hand-engraving plates to print money. He couldn’t smoke or drink because he had to have the steadiest of hands. When he retired, his trick was tracing the outline of a dime and writing the entire Lord’s Prayer inside of it.

“I come from a family of makers,” Hales told the high school students. “That’s part of why I love Portland.”

The students today will visit several manufacturing companies to learn what they make and how they make it. In his proclamation, President Obama said such tours are an important part of a future of American manufacturing: “Today’s science, technology, engineering, and math graduates will power the next chapter of American production and innovation, and harnessing their potential is an economic imperative. When our manufacturing base is strong, our entire economy is strong. Today, we continue our work to bolster the industry at the heart of our Nation. With grit and resolve, we can create new jobs and widen the circle of opportunity for more Americans.”


Alaska Airlines Magazine Profiles Portland as City of Makers

 

Alaska Airlines magazine feature

THURSDAY, OCT. 2, 2014-- Alaska Airlines Magazine dedicated part of its October edition to delving into Portland's maker economy.

The magazine talked to 16 pages-worth of businesses and Portlanders, including First Lady Nancy Hales, painting a picture of a city that supports innovation and ideas. The profile starts on page 142 of this online magazine (click here).

"This is a stellar feature," Mayor Charlie Hales said. "It's a nice reminder of how fantastic our city really is."



PDC Names Winners of 2014 Startup PDX Challenge

 

THURSDAY, SEPT. 4, 2014 -- Six startup businesses have made the cut to win the second annual Startup PDX Challenge. This year’s Challenge focused on finding entrepreneurs with diverse founding teams and the ambition to scale to a national or international market. Each company will receive a package valued at $50,000, with a $15,000 working capital grant, a full year of rent-free office space at 115 SW Ash in Portland’s Old Town/Chinatown, and free professional advice, memberships and services.

In addition to the six winners, five companies have been named merit finalists and will each receive a package valued at $4,000.

The Challenge drew a field of 134 applicants, narrowed first to 19 semi-finalists and then to the six winners and five merit finalists by a selection committee which interviewed the representatives of each semi-finalist company. The winners represent both industry and demographic diversity. The full group encompasses developers of new consumer products, technology and services, and includes eight startups with women founders; five with African American founders; three with Asian founders; two with Native American founders; and one with Latino founders.

Patrick Quinton, PDC Executive Director, said, “We were thrilled with the response to this year’s call for diverse founding teams that will help us develop a more inclusive innovation community. We look forward to welcoming the winning entrepreneurs to our expanding network of experienced, innovative companies competing in the global economy.”

The six winners, all from the Portland metropolitan area, are Yellow Scope, a creator of rigorous science kits just for girls; RAFT Syrups, which brews organic botanical and cane sugar syrup for cocktails and home soda making; Society Nine, a fight gear and activewear apparel brand for women; NoAppFee.com, a technology solution to rental market problems for landlords and tenants; Design + Culture Lab, a research-based urban social lab addressing issues of cultural, racial and ethnic inequality; and Tique Box, a subscription service for specialty items from local artisans.

Merit finalists are Genki Su; VDO Interpreters; and Carehubs, from the Portland area; and ICOM of Atlanta, GA, which was also the winner of the public vote.

The Challenge winners will move into the Old Town/Chinatown space in early October; a meet and greet event on Thursday, September 25 will welcome them to the neighborhood.


 

Tech Firms in Race to Get to Portland

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 3, 2014 -- According to the Portland Business journal’s Malia Spencer and Alli Pyrah, Portland’s popularity as a tech hub is squeezing an already tight office market.

See their story online at http://www.bizjournals.com/portland

The journalists talked to incoming Portland business leaders, including representatives of SurveyMonkey, Squarepsace and Airbnb. Gino Zahnd, CEO of Cozy, commented on moving his employees to the Rose City, saying, “We give everyone the choice of San Francisco or Portland, and 100 percent choose Portland.”

Chris Harder of the Portland Development Commission also is quoted saying that the PDC – the city’s development arm – is holding conversations every month with tech companies coming from the Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Seattle, New York or Boston. “Right now, it’s just a flood,” Harder said.


 

Pipeline Company to Build Terminal at Port of Portland, a $500 Million Investment

 

Pembina Pipeline Corporation, a Calgary, Canada-based company, announced today that it has chosen the Port of Portland for a West Coast propane export terminal project—a half a billion dollar investment.

“This is great news," said Mayor Charlie Hales. "We welcome this investment and these jobs in Portland. The city is committed to growing our economy on the land we already have, and holding industry to very high environmental and public safety standards. This proposal meets these goals."

Under the agreement with the Port, Pembina will undertake extensive environmental and regulatory reviews and assessments and, with the Port, begin to obtain all the required permits and approvals to develop the terminal.

"Signing the Terminal Agreement is a tremendous milestone for the Project," said Mick Dilger, Pembina's President and Chief Executive Officer. "It marks the beginning of consulting and engaging with stakeholders, governments and the environmental and regulatory authorities. Building trust with the communities where we operate is a top priority for Pembina, and over the last 60 years, we have developed a reputation for honesty, transparency and treating our stakeholders with respect."

Pembina plans to develop a 37,000 barrel per day propane export facility with an anticipated in-service date of early 2018.

It is estimated that the project will generate between 600-800 temporary construction jobs and approximately 35 to 40 new, permanent positions to operate the terminal. This employment is valued at approximately $7.2 million in wages and benefits annually. Additionally, an estimated $3.3 million in annual tax revenues would go to the City of Portland, as well as $2.4 million to Multnomah County and $3.1 million to Portland Public Schools annually.

The company expects the West Coast Terminal to provide growing Canadian propane supply—derived from natural gas produced in Western Canada—with access to large, international markets while complementing the company’s expanding integrated service offering for products that are derived from natural gas.

The Oregonian's Mike Francis offers insight into the regulatory process and propane logistics.

Read all the details in Pembina's press release and in the Port of Portland press release.

 


Company That Makes iPad Sales System to Expand in Portland

 

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 27, 2014 – New York City-based ShopKeep, which makes an iPad-based point-of-sale system for small merchants, is the latest tech company to set up shop in Portland. The Portland Business Journal’s Malia Spencer says the company is moving into a downtown office at 421 S.W. Sixth Ave.

While the current staff includes an estimated 15 is working out of temporary offices in the Liberty Centre in the Lloyd District, the new permanent space can accommodate up to 100 people, said co-CEO Norm Merritt.


 

‘Jobs’ Are Focus of PDC Projects

 

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 27, 2014 – The focus is on jobs this week, as the Portland City Council hears a report on programs designed to lure, keep and expand employment within the city.

The council discussed funds of than $5.42 million in the budget of the Portland Development Commission – the city’s economic development arm. The money goes toward programs pegged to job creation and job retention.

Mayor, Bill Wyatt of Port of Portland, Martin Daum of Daimler“Nationally and internationally, the economic recovery has arrived. But not everyone in Portland is feeling it yet,” Mayor Charlie Hales said. “We talk a lot about ‘placemaking’ and, for many Portlanders, that means access to jobs. These proposals are designed to focus directly on Portlanders and jobs.”

Hales oversees the PDC as one of his bureaus within city government.

Among those testifying Wednesday was Michael DeMarco, program manager for Our 42nd Avenue Neighborhood Prosperity Initaitive organization. DeMarco said the organization's goals include local hiring and internships.

The City Council voted 4-0 to support the programs. Which include:

  

Neighborhood Economic Development: $3.38 million

This program includes:

A cluster of Neighborhood Commercial Corridors would receive a total of $863,000. This consists of five programs:

Main Street Network is a community-led revitalization program designed to stimulate neighborhood businesses. In June 2010, Portland designated Alberta, Hillsdale and St. Johns as its first three Main Street districts. The districts receive grants for district administration, property and sustainability improvements, and promotional events.

 Mayor Hales speaking

Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative focuses on six economically challenged business areas in East and outer Northeast Portland. In addition to ongoing technical assistance and training, the districts will be eligible for a district administration and operations grant, marketing, promotions and branding grants, and a property improvement grant.

For Venture Portland, an estimated $303,000 will go to support training, technical assistance, and small grants to Portland's neighborhood business district associations.

The proposal also calls for an estimated $994,000 in Small Business Support, which includes technical assistance for citywide small businesses, allowing the city to support delivery of services by qualified non-profit providers. The funds will be focused on stabilizing and growing small businesses with modest incomes; businesses located in economically challenged areas; and businesses whose owners may need services provided in languages other than English.

Finally, the proposal calls for more than $1.22 million for Neighborhood Economic Development, which is designed to assist low-income Portlanders through workforce development. All participants must have incomes of 50 percent or lower of the Portland-area median family income, and many recipients face barriers such as limited English, criminal histories, lack of housing, drug and alcohol addiction, and lack of education credentials.

 

Traded-Sector Job Creation and Retention: $2.04 million

This includes Cluster Developments worth an estimated $1.44 million to raise the city’s national and international profile in four target industries: clean technology; athletic and outdoor; advance manufacturing; and software. The goal is to help companies within those sectors retain and expand workforce, as well as strategic recruitment of firms into Portland and the region.

The proposal includes $444,000 for Entrepreneurship Support, a key program within the city to create high-paying jobs, support high-growth firms, commercialize local technologies and encourage broad economic development. This includes access to early stage capital, mentoring and produce development for local entrepreneurs and startups. The program also supports initiatives designed to align resources for women and minority entrepreneurs.


Update: Vigor Industrial's Dry Dock Arrives in Portland

 

Vigor Dry DockTUESDAY, AUG. 26 2014 – a massive, floating dry dock dubbed The Vigorous arrives in Portland aboard the Dutch MV Blue Marlin, often referred to as the world’s largest heavy-lift marine vessel. The dry dock will allow Vigor Industrial, on Swan Island, to repair much larger marine craft. The Oregonian’s Mark Graves, Mike Francis and Mike Zacchino offer this photo essay.

“Portlanders sometimes forget that there is a strong industrial sector in our economy,” Mayor Charlie Hales said. “This very-visible expansion, right here on Swan Island, is a good reminder that skills like welding and machining play key roles in the lives of working Portlanders.”


 

Vigor Industrial Adds Massive Dry Dock; Addition Will Create Jobs

FRIDAY, AUG. 22, 2014 – A massive floating dry dock will arrive at the Columbia River this weekend, carrying components that will be assembled and put to work on Swan Island this fall by Vigor Industrial. The company says it will be the largest such dry dock in the country.Mayor Hales studies information on dry dock

Oregonian reporter Mike Francis offers this article on the new facility, which will draw very large ships into the Willamette River for repair. The ships will be visible from much of Portland and from many of the city’s bridges.

Foti said the dry dock’s arrival means 130 people will work for several months on the two vessels in the queue at Swan Island, and those people "would not have worked" at Vigor if not for the dry dock, according to The Oregonian.

Frank Foti, Vigor president and chief executive officer, met with Mayor Charlie Hales and staff from the Mayor's Office and Portland Development Commission, earlier this summer, to outline the company’s plans to expand and to draw even larger ships to Swan Island for repairs.

“Portlanders sometimes forget that there is a strong industrial sector in our economy,” Hales said. “This very-visible expansion, right here on Swan Island, is a good reminder that skills like welding and machining play key roles in the lives of working Portlanders.”

The $40 million dry dock is called The Vigorous and was constructed in China.


 Startup PDX Challenge semi-finalists named; public vote begins

 

The Portland Development Commission has narrowed a field of 134 Startup PDX Challenge applicants from the United States and Canada to 19 semi-finalists in Portland’s search for startups with diverse founding teams and the ambition to scale to a national or international market.

Up to six for-profit startup businesses will receive a package valued at $50,000 per company with a $15,000 working capital grant, a full year of rent-free office space at 115 SW Ash in Portland’s Old Town/Chinatown, and free professional advice, memberships and services. Up to four more startups will be named merit finalists and will receive a package valued at $4,000 per company.

http://www.pdc.us/news-and-events/all-news/all-news-detail/14-08-04/Startup_PDX_Challenge_semi-finalists_named_public_vote_begins.aspx

 


Daimler Breaks Ground on Portland Headquarters Building

 

FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2014 – Mayor Charlie Hales and Gov. John Kitzhaber were on hand Friday for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the $150 million Daimler Trucks North America headquarters on Swan Island.Mayor Hales at Daimler groundbreaking

                       

Martin Daum, president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America, spoke about the choice of Portland for the expanded facility.

“Daimler is a good corporate neighbour,” Hales said. “They get the spirit of Portland. I’ve heard Martin Daum talk about it before, and he’s right. Daimler and Portland are a perfect fit.”

In 2012, Daimler and Western Star Trucks purchased $135 million from Oregon vendors and suppliers. Daimler also supports area high schools, the Oregon Food Bank, the United Way and the Washington Park Summer Concert Series.

A 265,000 square-foot building will bring together Daimler operations now scattered across several offices and will allow for growth. Daimler plans to add another 400 employees to its Portland work force.

The project also includes opening a greenway trail along the Willamette River and construction of a parking garage. The company has partnered with Ankrom Moisan for the architectural design and Hoffman Corporation for construction.

Link to Gov. Kitzhaber’s comments at ground breaking.

 


Mayor Hales Supports Shriver Report’s ‘City-Festo’ for Women’s, Other Groups’ Empowerment

 

FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2014 — At Happy Cup Coffee Company in City Hall one afternoon, barista Caitlin Lawson coached Keyona, 28, through the register, checking out an iced coffee order.

Keyona at Happy Cup

Happy Cup — with its coffee roasting operation and two café locations — is a program through Full Life, an organization that employs developmentally disabled adults like Keyona who want to work for minimum wage or better with benefits, job counseling, and other services. Full Life was founded 12 years ago by a woman who championed opportunities for disabled adults.

“It’s fun,” says Keyona, who has worked with Full Life for seven years. “I get to work with different people. It gives me a different outlook and perspective on life.”

The city has supported Happy Cup’s mission, helping it into the City Hall location and into a Northeast Portland space near the Portland Police Bureau’s North Precinct.

Such support is why Maria Shriver, founder of Shriver Report, praised Mayor Charlie Hales at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in June for Portland’s progressive and innovative efforts to create an equitable city. Shriver Report is a nonprofit online platform through which women and others may share stories of progress in overcoming inequity. At the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Shriver’s organization distributed a “city-festo,” a guide to implementing policies that support families and work to empower both women and men to be successful in their cities.

In addition to existing policies and advocacy at the city, state and federal level, Hales is supporting Shriver Report’s call for city leaders to be “architects of change,” encouraging policies that support women and families through education, involvement and outreach.

“Happy Cup embodies Portland’s progressive values,” says Hales, who visits the City Hall café for coffee and salads. “We’re a city that cares for its people, and we put our progressive values into practice.”

The mayor has thrown his support behind the “city-festo” as another step in overcoming historical inequities to make the city more livable for everyone.

“Portland is a deliberately family-friendly city,” Hales says. “We’re continuing to work to make sure every resident lives in a complete neighborhood, with parks full of amenities, streets and sidewalks in good repair, and equal opportunities for successful futures.”

The “city-festo” calls for an informed community, 100 percent voter registration, and education, encouraging city officials to teach equity through leadership, policies and practices.

Hales, through diversity workshops such as White Men as Full Diversity Partners and outreach initiatives such as Black Male Achievement, has led Portland through many of the report’s 10 steps to build change.

Likewise, the city has made progress through Commissioner Amanda Fritz’s citywide paid sick leave policy; sick leave was the No. 1 policy that women who were surveyed said they needed from their city. Shriver told Hales that Portland’s policy is an exemplar for cities nationwide.

Through Black Male Achievement, Hales led community leaders in collaboratively developing programs to support young, African-American men, who disproportionately experience high incarceration, dropout and unemployment rates. SummerWorks, whose second-largest funder is the city, finds summer internships for at-risk teenagers, helping them stay on the right track. City Hall this year hired 100 interns.

Hales, through the U.S. Conference of Mayors, has advocated for comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level. At the state level, the city has advocated for statewide sick leave, affordable housing non-discrimination legislation, tuition equity, and for funding pilot programs to build of Portland Community College’s successful Future Connect scholarship program, which seeks to eliminate financial barriers to college. Last year the City Council passed two affordable housing policies that were key to preserving affordable housing units in Portland. One continued a tax abatement program to create an incentive for developers to build affordable housing, and another clarified that affordable housing on city property is tax-exempt.

Caitlin Lawson and Keyona at Happy CupAnd the city supports businesses like Happy Cup.

“Happy Cup establishes challenges that not every service job gives you,” says Lawson, the barista. “The relationships we build with Full Life clients make the job so much more fulfilling.”

ShriverReport’s “city-festo” gives the city more equity goals to pursue — 100 percent voter registration, addressing inequities across the city, empowering oftentimes marginalized populations.

“The ‘city-festo’ is a great list of goals that Portland is capable of achieving,” Hales says. “We’ve made tremendous progress over the last year-and-a-half. Now it’s time to focus our energies on making this city truly equitable for all genders, all races, all sexual orientations — all citizens.”

 


Mayor Hales, Sen. Wyden, Commissioner Smith Kick Off SummerWorks' Sixth Year

 

TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2014 — City, county and federal partners today at the Portland Building kicked off the SummerWorks program’s sixth year placing young people in summer jobs.

Mayor Charlie Hales, Sen. Ron Wyden, and Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith praised the program for helping teens and young adults gain the work experience that is critical to their long-term success.

SummerWorks, a program through Worksystems Inc., since 2009 has placed 2,617 young people, ages 16 to 21, in summer jobs. The program emphasizes under-represented youth who face challenges such as growing up in poverty or at risk of dropping out of high school. 

“We’ve been able to grow this program at Multnomah County since 2011 from 25 young men and women to 125 this year,” says Smith, who will accept an award July 13 on the program’s behalf at the National Association of Counties’ annual convention. “This program works because it connects young people with quality jobs at good pay and provides the skills they need to make their lives better now and in the future.”

The program formed in response to a persistent youth unemployment problem in Oregon; 36,000 young people are both out of school and out or work in the Portland metro area. Last year only about 25 percent of people 16 to 19 years old had a job. For young African-American men, that figure was only 12 percent.

Hales has prioritized working with public and private partners to build a more robust internship system to connect Portland students to the local workforce, and is particularly focused on ameliorating disparities in education, work and family outcomes for African-American men.

“There are several ways we as a community have failed the African American youth — education, employment, incarceration rates,” Hales says. “These internships help level the playing field in a key performance measure, employment. This program provides a leg up. It’s a small step, but a good one.”

Nearly 60 percent of SummerWorks’ funding comes from the city of Portland, Multnomah County, and Worksystems Inc., which is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Labor. Last year, Worksystems contributed $222,169 to the program; the city of Portland $188,071; and Multnomah County $173,475.

“The SummerWorks program is an indispensable tool in training the next generation of productive workers, in breaking the cycle of poverty, and in teaching young people the value of work and the self-esteem that comes with it,” Sen. Wyden says. “This program is the gold standard for demonstrating to the rest of the country that local governments and the federal government can come together with local nonprofits and private enterprise to find good jobs for young people who want to work and want to contribute to their community.”


Urban League Career Fair Slated

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014 – The Urban League of Portland's annual career fair is scheduled for next week.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at the Double Tree Hotel, 1000 N.E. Multnomah St., near the Lloyd Center.

This fair gives jobseekers the opportunity to meet face to face with recruiters from more than 50 employers, including representatives from corporate, professional, clerical, construction and health care industries, as well as the non-profit and government sectors.


Family behind Orox Leather artisan goods used PDC assistance to open 1st store, workshop in Old Town

 

After many years making sandals out of a garage and selling at Saturday Market, Orox Leather Co. moved into Old Town in December 2012, and celebrated its first bricks-and-mortar store with a grand opening party on August 1, 2013.

http://www.pdc.us/news-and-events/all-news/all-news-detail/13-10-02/Small_business_big_dreams.aspx


 

Enough Is Enough

Community Service Resource Guide

Enough Is Enough Hosts Holiday Memorial

Invitation

 


In Wake of Shooting By School, Mayor Hales: Hug Your Children Tonight

FRIDAY, DEC. 12, 2014 -- Today three students were hit by gunshots outside Rosemary Anderson High School in North Portland. Police suspect the shooting was gang-related. The teens are students at the high school, and ran inside for help after they were shot. They were transported to the hospital, and all are in stable condition. 

Mayor Charlie Hales went to the scene, comforting students, administrators and police as he could. He says: "My heart goes out to students and staff at Rosemary Anderson High School, which today experienced a terrible tragedy. It was heartwarming to see the community wrap its arms around victims' friends and families. I know we'll all be holding our loved ones a little closer tonight. Go home and hug your kids."

Coverage from The Oregonian: http://topics.oregonlive.com/tag/killingsworth-shooting-2014/posts.html

Update: Suspects charged. Read more: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/news/read.cfm?id=5766


American SPCC Hosts Youth Forum on Universal Children's Day

TUESDAY, OCT. 28, 2014 -- American SPCC (Society for the Positive Care of Children) on Universal Children's Day will host a live youth forum: Listening to Youth-Driven Solutions

The event will be Thursday, Nov. 20, 5-7 p.m. at Mercy Corps, 45 SW Ankeny St., Portland. It is open to the public. Space is limited, so RSVP.

The organization is celebrating Universal Children's Day on the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which will be universally ratified once three countries -- the U.S., South Sudan, and Somalia -- choose to ratify it. 

Along with free admission, pizza and refreshments, the program will feature youth-led presentations; an open mic for speakers; and a dialogue with youth advocates working to put the Convention on the Rights of the Child and The Bill of Rights for the Children and Youth of the City of Portland and Multnomah County into practice. 


Skanner Article Covers Task Force Name Change, Services

TUESDAY, SEPT. 30, 2014 -- The Skanner's Helen Silvis covered in depth the Gang Violence Task Force's name change to Community Peace Collaborative, and detailed the evolution of the group's mission. 

Tom Peavey, policy manager for the Office of Youth Violence Prevention, which facilitates the bi-monthly meetings, said the article weaves together the evolution of service support offered by the collectively chosen new forum title (Community Peace Collaborative), the Restorative Justice presentation, and the Enough is Enough Call to Action Campaign. 

Read the full article: http://www.theskanner.com/news/northwest/21900-portland-s-gang-task-force-renamed-community-peace-collaborative


Gang Violence Task Force Re-named to Reflect Mission: Community Peace Collaborative

 

MONDAY, SEPT. 29, 2014 — Community members last week voted to change the name of the Gang Violence Task Force to better reflect the task force’s mission. It is now called Community Peace Collaborative: A Coalition for Violence Prevention and Achievement.

Community members at the task force.

“It’s fitting,” said Mayor Charlie Hales, whose office chairs the collaborative. “The name recognizes the progress achieved, outreach performed, and goals ahead.”

A community member suggested changing the name at a meeting on Aug. 29. Community members and agency representatives at the task force — including the Police Bureau and Multnomah County Department of Community Justice Services, as well as schools, housing and nonprofits — discussed the topic at two subsequent meetings.

The group of committed partners come together twice monthly to develop solutions, interventions and prevention strategies to reduce violence and crime in Multnomah County. The progress and achievements of the Community Peace Collaborative will be a result of collaborative strategies, responsiveness to community priorities and our focus on the reduction of crime and the fear of crime.

Ultimately, the group’s goal is that all citizens of Multnomah County live free of violence. The Collaborative seeks to achieve this by positively affecting the youth, families, and residents whose lives have been impacted by violence, and by promoting public safety through incorporation of the best and most innovative practices of community partnership to reduce violence, and crime.

Read more about the Collaborative from the Office of Youth Violence Prevention.


'Enough is Enough' Call to Action: Community Led, Offering Solutions; Join the Campaign

 

THURSDAY, SEPT. 18, 2014 -- As of Sept. 17, 2014 there have been 92 gang-related violence incidents in the city of Portland, the majority of which have involved firearms. The number of incidents thus far in 2014 is a dramatic increase from previous years. Tragically Ervaeua Herring, a 21-year-old pregnant woman, was fatally shot in a gang-related attack in her apartment; she was the city’s 15th homicide. Last year there were 16 homicides by the end of the year. 

Antoinette Edwards

The mayor's Office of Youth Violence Prevention, with the assistance of other local government agencies, is currently encouraging community members to step forward and support victims of violence, while encouraging witnesses to speak to case investigators, through a community led campaign entitled "Enough is Enough."  The goal of this campaign or call to action is to stop violence within our community.

During a recent “Enough is Enough” meeting the CEO of the Urban League of Portland, in a heavy voice said, “Standing up is hard. But it’s easier than watching loved ones die. Enough is enough.”

The community-generated “Enough is Enough” campaign is working on an ubiquitous message: The community will not tolerate gang related violence.

In addition, the Office of Youth Violence Prevention manages and or is involved in a number of programs all of which offer assistance to at risk youth and their families. See http://www.portlandonline.com/safeyouth for information. 

If you wish to become involved in the “Enough is Enough” campaign, you can e-mail or call Office of Youth Violence Prevention (OYVP) Director Antoinette Edwards at antoinette.edwards@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-3584, or OYVP Policy Manager, Tom Peavey at tom.peavey@portlandoregon.gov or  503-823-4180.


Police Chief Reese Releases Video on Community Trust

MONDAY, AUG. 25, 2014 — Portland Police Chief Mike Reese last week released a video message to the community that emphasized the Police Bureau’s commitment to building diversity, responsible and accountable use of force, and transparency in the bureau.

“Trust is a perishable commodity—something we must build every day,” Chief Reese says in the video.

The chief released the video in the context of turmoil incited by a police shooting in Ferguson, Mo. Mayor Charlie Hales, commissioner of the Police Bureau, on Aug. 14 released a statement on the violence in Ferguson.

“No law-abiding people should ever have reason to fear the police,” the mayor said.

As Portland police work with the community to combat gang violence, supporting the “Enough is Enough” campaign that encourages witnesses to come forward with information to solve gang-related crimes, the bureau is working to improve community trust.

Mayor Hales has worked to build that trust, prioritizing new training for bureau members that emphasizes appropriate use of force, de-escalation and equity. And the bureau this year started receiving training on systemic inequities, implicit bias and cultural diversity.

Read the transcript. Watch the full video:

 


Moms Demand Action Organization Offers Support for Campaign

 

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 20, 2014—Following Monday’s “Enough is Enough” campaign community meeting, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America has reached out to find out what the organization can do to support “Enough is Enough.”

Antoinette Edwards, director of the mayor’s Office of Youth Violence Prevention, facilitated the meeting Monday; the campaign is community-led with support from Mayor Charlie Hales’ office. Ultimately the community wants to create an environment in which gangs cannot operate.

On Wednesday Edwards received an e-mail from a Moms Demand Action volunteer who was moved by the meeting.

“I attended Monday's meeting mostly to listen to and learn from my fellow attendees. It was a moving and enlightening evening,” wrote Rebecca Cohen, a volunteer with the organization. “The goals and activities of Moms Demand Action overlap with those of ‘Enough is Enough’ in many ways. We work with survivors and family members affected by gun violence, and we advocate nationally for stronger gun safety laws that will reduce the amount of guns in circulation, which too often end up in the hands of dangerous individuals.”

Edwards is in communication with Cohen to unite the campaign’s efforts with the organization. The support bolsters the “Enough is Enough” campaign, whose goal is to achieve ubiquity in gang-affected neighborhoods.

“I, too, have lost a family member to gun violence,” Cohen wrote. “While the details and stories of each senseless death are unique, the sudden pain of losing a loved one is something we all unfortunately share.”


Community Meeting Encourages Residents to Say 'Enough is Enough'

 

TUESDAY, AUG. 19, 2014 — In a packed meeting room at the Community Policing Facility on Monday evening, Lucy Mashia’s voice broke.

Lucy Mashia

Gang members, “have gotten so bold they’re kicking in doors and shooting women,” said Mashia, whose son Leonard Irving Jr. was shot and killed in 2011. “We’re being held hostage by cowards.”

Mashia was among the mothers of victims of gang-related shootings who shared their experiences at a community meeting aimed at galvanizing support for the “Enough is Enough” campaign against gang violence. The campaign is an effort to build a culture of witnesses coming forward with information, creating an environment in which gangs cannot operate.

This weekend marked the 87th gang-related violence call in the city this year—a dramatic increase from recent years. Ervaeua Herring, a 21-year-old pregnant woman, was fatally shot in a gang-related attack in her apartment on Sunday; she was the city’s 15th homicide. Last year there were 16 homicides by the end of the year.

Antoinette Edwards “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and to the neighbors of everyone affected by this violence in our city,” Mayor Charlie Hales said Monday. “This is intolerable. The city and police are continuing to do what we can to stop the violence in the community. But we need the community’s help.”

Antoinette Edwards, director of the Office of Youth Violence Prevention, on Monday encouraged the crowd to brainstorm ways to break the “snitch code” of silence, and to come forward as witnesses to help put attackers behind bars.

“Where’s our outrage?” Edwards asked the crowd. “This is what this meeting is about: Our community, making a difference. Enough is enough.”

Crime Stoppers contact information.

The mayor’s Office of Youth Violence Prevention has several multi-agency efforts to reach out to youths and families to break generational ties to gangs (Gang Impacted Family Team); to reach out to gang members (Street-Level Gang Outreach Program); and to connect misdemeanor offenders with resources such as mentors, housing, job readiness and education in order to support stable futures (Court Bench Probation Project).

The community-generated “Enough is Enough” campaign hopes to add to those efforts a ubiquitous message: The community will not tolerate gang activity.

“The whole community knows who killed my son, but they still haven’t been arrested,” Mashia said, calling people to come forward with information.

Michael Alexander, president and CEO of the Urban League of Portland, in a heavy voice said, “Standing up is hard. But it’s easier than watching loved ones die. Enough is enough.”

 


Statement from Mayor on Gun Violence, Aug. 16-17, in Portland

 

MONDAY, AUG. 18, 2014 – This weekend, Portland saw an intolerable outbreak of gun violence: a 12:37 a.m. Sunday shooting on Southeast Third Avenue; a 5 a.m. shooting on Powell Boulevard; a 10:41 p.m. shooting in Northgate Park.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and to the neighbors of everyone affected by this violence in our city. This is the 87th gang-related violence call in our city this year – a dramatic increase from recent years.

The community is organizing an “Enough is Enough” meeting, 6 p.m., at the Community Policing Center, 449 N.E. Emerson St. This is a meeting organized by the community, for the community. The goal is to stop violence within our community; and to provide support for victims, their families, and Portlanders at large.

Participants will be asked for their guidance and advice within their areas of interest.

For more information, contact the Office of Youth Violence Prevention at (503) 823-3584.

 


Violence in Ferguson, Mo.

Statement from Portland Mayor Charlie Hales:

 

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Michael Brown, the young man shot in Ferguson, Mo. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire community of Ferguson. And also to the African-American community in Portland, and throughout Oregon, and throughout our nation.

No law-abiding people should ever have reason to fear the police. Yet we must honestly admit that, too often, this is not true for a wide swath of our community: people of color.

That’s why I’ve made it a priority to join with many of my fellow mayors to focus on the lives of young black men in our community. Mayors like Michael Nutter in Philadelphia, and Mitch Landrieu in New Orleans, and I are focusing on this very topic through the Black Male Achievement Initiative.

In Portland, we are focusing on ways to collaborate with the community and to intercede on behalf of young African-Americans in the areas of jobs, education and incarceration rates. This is vital work. That is as true in Portland as it is everywhere.

Also in Portland, we have put a priority on new training for our Police Bureau, with an emphasis on the appropriate use of force, on de-escalation and on equity. Bureau members have begun receiving training on systemic inequities, implicit bias and cultural diversity. In July, as mayor and police commissioner, I joined in three intensive days of training for my staff and the top officials of the police department, on these very topics. The training, called White Men as Full Diversity Partners, was controversial to some but understood by many. But this week’s headlines provide just one example of why such training is vital.

We, as a society, have consistently failed multiple groups of Americans. We cannot continue to do so in the future.

Mayor Charlie Hales 

 


Mayor Celebrates Community Safety, Unity at National Night Out Events

 

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 6, 2014 — Jordan, 3, looked apprehensively at the plume of hamburger-scented smoke rising from the grill.

Jordan, Firefighter Matt Fullerton

“Fire! Fire!” he shouted, looking up at the Portland Fire and Rescue firefighters towering behind him. “It’s hot!”

“The kid’s a natural,” said Battalion Chief Mark Kaiel. “He’s got a future.”

Firefighters with Station 2, Truck 2 on Tuesday evening were at Columbia Ridge Apartments for the Wilkes neighborhood National Night Out event, one of about 100 citywide. Since 1983, on the second Tuesday in August residents nationwide gather in their neighborhoods to demonstrate their commitment to safety and community. Law enforcement and emergency services attend events in their neighborhoods.

“This crew responds to this complex a few times a year,” Kaiel said. “It’s good for residents to see these guys outside of a crisis. And it’s good for the crew to see residents in a fun environment.”

Mayor Charlie Hales attended several National Night Out events Tuesday to talk with residents in an informal setting, sharing food, meeting kids, and hearing about the neighborhood.

Nhu To-Haynes, Mayor Hales, First Lady Hales, Nyla Tu-Haynes, Olivia Tu-Haynes

“These events are a fantastic way to get people out into their neighborhoods,” Hales said. “A united neighborhood strengthens the fabric of community — critical for safety and prosperity.”

At Wilkes in East Portland, kids clamored in and out of a fire truck, handing their cellphones to firefighter Matt Fullerton to snap a photo.

In a Cully neighborhood apartment complex, Clara Vista Apartments, kids took over a police car, finding the button for the lights, the PA system, and — to the panic of police officers — the radio.

“No emergency,” Portland Police Officer Graham said into this chest radio, “just some kids.” He turned to the car: “OK, guys, time to get out.”

At the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) in far Northeast Portland, kids from widely varied backgrounds ran around the gym with bouncy balls and hula hoops, pausing for face painting or to pull a block from the giant Jenga game.

At Binford Condominium Association’s event in Northeast Portland, former State Sen. Avel Gordly chatted with the mayor and First Lady over bratwurst and fruit. Used books were out for the taking, and kids ran around the expansive yard, pausing to smack a piñata and feed a parrot.

Marigold HydroPark hosted Southwest Portland’s Markham neighborhood event. Families gathered at picnic tables full of food and kids played with enough soccer balls to keep them dashing about.

parrot

In South Burlingame Park, the band Still Kickin’ — comprised of friends who’ve been jamming for nine years — played as children explored a fire engine, snatching stickers from firefighters Shannon Ellison and Josh Clemmer.  

“National Night Out celebrates neighborhood safety and unity,” Hales said. “Look around — it’s working. People are having fun, hanging out. What a great, worthwhile event.” 

 


Mayor Hales Dedicates Funds to Helping Human Trafficking Survivors

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2014 — Mayor Charlie Hales and commissioners at Wednesday’s City Council meeting approved a $297,000 grant to support Janus Youth Programs’ shelter beds, treatment and case management services for human trafficking victims between 18 and 25 years old.

“The program saves women’s lives,” Hales said. “And it helps make the community safer by removing gangs’ revenue source.”

Humans have become the second-most lucrative commodity on the black market behind drugs, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office reports. Gangs and other criminal organizations prefer humans because they’re a reusable resource; they can be resold.

That horrific dehumanization most frequently affects teenagers, both girls and boys, and is becoming more common in Portland because of the city’s position on Interstate 5 and the airport. Traffickers recruit girls who are 12 to 14 years old, spanning socioeconomic status, education level, and race, according to the district attorney.

Portland Police Capt. Mike Geiger on Wednesday spoke in support of the funding. His highlighted the tremendous need to support safe places for trauma victims.

Below is his written statement. 

Below is a transcript of Sgt. Geiger's remarks at Council:

"This has been a long fight, a difficult one. We’ve been engaged in it for a few years now, and I think that much of what we’ve been trying to come to grips with is how does that happen here and what’s going on with our children and our community.

Human trafficking is becoming one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises in the world today. We’ve been trying to figure out how we strike a balance between accountability, between law enforcement, and the needs of the child — the needs of the vulnerable and the violated.

What this funding shows me is confirmation that the city of Portland has chosen to take a stand on behalf of the vulnerable, and on behalf of the violated. And I would say that support for law enforcement and support for the victims are not mutually exclusive. What we have come to learn is the way in which we view an individual dictates the way we respond to that individual. So, by providing advocacy resources and a safe place to stay, we’re telling them that the overriding goal is the restoration, and their removal from the life of exploitation and victimization to one of health and safety and a positive future. Those things can’t be accomplished absent the support services we brought to bear on their behalf.

Young people, whether they are teenagers or people in their twenties or whoever they are, they desire safety, and they desire security, and they need first and foremost to have their emotional and physical needs met before we begin to address the other facts. I think this is what this funding does, what we have seen is a dramatic increase in our ability to prosecute cases both at the state and federal level. It has been remarkable.

What I would submit, we would have never been able to accomplish that absent the support from the people like Janus Youth Programs and the Sexual Assault Resource Center. What that is, that has done, is allowed them to rebuild their emotional state, to gain a sense of security and empowerment, and to recognize finally there is a degree of victimization that they had not faced before, which empowers them to give us the information we need in order to put together a comprehensive case that brings accountability.

We are accomplishing both, and I am very happy about that because it speaks to what we think about these young people. It speaks to the priority that we have here in our community. That we want the best for them and for them to be free of exploitation. To me, that speaks to the character of our department and it speaks to the character of this council, and your support is just very much appreciated.  So, thank you."


Mayor Calls for Collaborative Action to Address Gang Violence Among Youth

 

TUESDAY, JULY 7, 2014 — Two homicides in one week and the recently released Multnomah County Comprehensive Gang Assessment illustrate the serious gang problem facing Portland, said Portland Mayor Charlie Hales.

“The data are clear: The complex dynamics around our young people getting involved in gangs means all of us have a part to play,” Hales said. “I remain committed to helping lead the city’s effort to ensure that young people in Portland have hope for the future.”

The city is one of many partners working to combat gang activity issues through the Multnomah County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council, a 19-year-old work group co-chaired by Hales and County Commissioner Judy Shiprack that coordinates criminal justice policy among government entities.

Last week two shootings in Portland resulted in two deaths. An early morning shooting outside a strip club in East Portland on Saturday left Hahrahcio Roy Branch, 26, dead. That came five days after Andrew Leon Coggins Jr., 24, was killed in a drive-by shooting on Monday afternoon in North Portland, near McCoy Park.

Hales through his Office of Youth Violence Prevention is pushing for collaborative action, including the people most impacted by gangs and violence in order to address the collective impact of the issues.

  • The Gang Impacted Family Team works with a number of governmental and nonprofit organizations to break youths’ generational ties to gang activity that goes back up to three generations.

  • The Street-Level Gang Outreach Program, started in 2009, funds three nonprofit organizations that reach out to gang-affected young people and families.

  • The office works with the Multnmah County District Attorney Office's Court Bench Probation Project to connect misdemeanor offenders with mentors, as well as resources such as housing, job readiness, and education.

Hales plans to supplement outreach with his Black Male Achievement Initiative, stemming from a National League of Cities grant of technical assistance. The initiative will offer young, African-American men paid internships and a year of wraparound services — job shadowing, networking, tutoring, community service, computer training, leadership development — to help them avoid gangs and achieve stability. The mayor has invested $200,000 and staff time in the effort.

“I want Black Male Achievement,” Hales says, “to develop into a community-led, comprehensive resource for young, black males in Portland to realize their fullest potential.”

 


Mayor Hales Celebrates Community Unity with Good in the Hood

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 28, 2014 — Mayor Charlie Hales, First Lady Nancy Hales, and members of the mayor’s staff on Saturday paraded down Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to celebrate community unity at Good in the Hood.

For more than two decades, the Good in the Hood festival has sought to build unity in Northeast Portland, with a focus on community-building. The event started as a Holy Redeemer Catholic School fundraiser for education programs. Now the event includes more than 2,000 parade participants from across the city and vendors from across Oregon and Washington, expanding the community far beyond Northeast Portland.

On Saturday, the smell of Big C’s BBQ settled over Albina Park and people danced to covers performed by Elliot Young and the Smokin’ Section. The Ebony Strutters, a drill team of girls aged approximately 4 to 15, delighted the crowd with a dance routine; by the end of it, the audience — including the mayor — was dancing along.

Hales kicked off the festival by proclaiming June 28 “Unity in the Community Day.” Good in the Hood reflects the mayor’s goal to develop a city of “complete neighborhoods” — those with good schools, ample jobs, and streets, sidewalks and parks that are safe and in good repair. The event is an exemplar of civic ownership among neighborhood residents; its growth shows how positive momentum in neighborhoods benefits the city as a whole.

“In my office we don’t talk about world-class cities,” Hales says. “We talk about world-class neighborhoods. And Good in the Hood is an excellent example of that.”

Fighting Income Inequality, Low Wages

American Mayors Pledge To Fight Income Inequality, Low Wages

 

TUESDAY, AUG. 12, 2014

NEW YORK CITY – Portland Mayor Charlie Hales cited a report released Monday that underscores a crisis of the economic recovery: higher-paying jobs lost in the Great Recession are being replaced with lower-paying jobs.Mayors in New York

Erin Carlyle of Forbes outlined the details of the report in a Monday article.

“It’s not just Portland, it’s everywhere,” Hales said from a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Cities of Opportunity meeting in New York City. “We are working to retain jobs, and to draw jobs, to Portland, but this report outlines the difficulty. Overlay this with our focus on equity and gentrification, and you can see how complicated the situation is.”

Portland is not immune to the seismic shifts in the economy, Hales said, despite the recovery that has seen better than 3 percent job growth here, and some of the highest percentages of occupied office space in the nation.

Mayors on hand for the conference in New York include Bill de Blasio of New York; Martin Walsh of Boston; Michael Nutter of Philadelphia; Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles; Mike Rawlings of Dallas, Texas; and Annise Parker of Houston, Texas.


Wage Gap Widens From Recession as Income Inequality Grows

 

TUESDAY, AUG. 12, 2014

NEW YORK CITY – Jobs gained during the economic recovery from the Great Recession pay an average 23 percent less than the jobs lost during the recession, according to a new report released Monday by The U.S. Conference of Mayors.Mayor Hales signing document

“It’s not just Portland, it’s everywhere,” said Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, who was in New York for the U.S. Conference of Mayors Cities of Opportunity meeting. “We are working to retain jobs, and to draw jobs, to Portland, but this report outlines the difficulty. Overlay this with our focus on equity and gentrification, and you can see how complicated the situation is.”

The annual wage in sectors where jobs were lost during the downturn was $61,637, but new jobs gained through the second quarter of 2014 showed average wages of only $47,171. This wage gap represents $93 billion in lost wages.

Under a similar analysis conducted by the Conference of Mayors during the 2001-02 recession, the wage gap was only 12 percent compared to the current 23 percent -- meaning the wage gap has nearly doubled from one recession to the next.

“There’s a ‘walling off’ of the American Dream from a growing number of Americans,” Hales said. “Massive income inequality means the American Dream is in trouble.”

Prepared for the Conference of Mayors by IHS, the report was released in conjunction with the inaugural meeting of the USCM Cities of Opportunity Task Force in New York City. The Task Force, led by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, was established at the Conference’s Annual Meeting in June to identify strategies for addressing income inequality, promoting economic mobility and creating jobs in America’s cities.

“While the economy is picking up steam, income inequality and wage gaps are an alarming trend that must be addressed,” said U.S. Conference of Mayors President Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson.

Mayor Hales speaking“This Task Force will recommend both national and local policies that will help to give everyone opportunity. We cannot put our heads in the sand on these issues,” Johnson said. “The nation’s mayors have an obligation to do what we can to address issues of inequality in this country while Washington languishes in dysfunction.”

The report also shows the gap between low- and higher-income households is growing and will continue into the foreseeable future. In 2012, the latest year for which figures are available, 261 (73 percent) out of 357 metros had a larger share of poorer households (those making less than $35,000 per year), than upper income households of above $75,000.

The report forecasts that middle-income households will continue to fall behind as higher income levels capture a greater share of income gains. In 2014 median household income is projected to increase by 2.5 percent in nominal dollars, and then by 3.8 percent per year from 2015 through 2017. But average (mean) income is expected to rise faster, 2.7 percent in 2014 and by 4.1 percent through 2017. Faster growth in mean income compared to median income demonstrates growing income inequality.

Adjusted for inflation, average household income fell 3 percent, while median income fell 5.5 percent from 2005-12, according to the report.

“The inequality crisis facing our cities is a threat to our fundamental American values. Reducing income inequality and ensuring opportunity for all is nothing less than the challenge of our times. As mayors, we are on the front lines and we must act now,” de Blasio said. “The Cities of Opportunity Task Force is bringing mayors from all corners of the country together to work together and leverage the power of municipal governments to advance a national, common equity agenda, and to also encourage action on a federal level.”

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh added, “Recognizing that each city has both universal and unique challenges, we identified three areas in which many of us believe there can be short-term, meaningful impact. In addition to this work we are committing to do together, we will all continue to work in our respective cities on disparity across all policy areas. In our conversations to date, we have identified additional factors related to housing, transportation, financial empowerment and a whole host of other issues that we plan to address moving forward. This is a long-term commitment for all of us, to effect lasting change in the lives of real people in our cities.”

Group of mayorsMost notably, the report found that, since 1975, the increasing share of income earned by the highest quintile – the 20 percent of households with the highest incomes – rose from 43.6 percent in 1975 to 51 percent in 2012. Most of that gain occurred in the highest 5 percent of incomes, which rose from 16.5 percent in 1975 to 22.3 percent in 2012, a gain of $490 billion in 2012 income.

The lowest two quintiles, or 40 percent of households, received just 6.6 percent of all US income gains since 2005, while the share of total income gains from the top 20 percent was 60.6 percent and the top 5 percent received 27.6 percent.

The report concludes that according to IHS economic models, the drift toward income inequality will persist in the coming years as it is a structural feature of the 21st Century economy.

“Unless policies are developed to mitigate these trends, income inequality will only grow larger in the future,” said Jim Diffley, director of US Regional Economics at HIS and author of the report.

 

Participants

 

More than 30 mayors from cities across the country attended the first meeting of the USCM Cities of Opportunity Task Force. The list includes:

KEVIN JOHNSON, Sacramento, CA – USCM President

BILL DE BLASIO, New York, NY – USCM Cities of Opportunity Task Force Chair

MARTIN WALSH, Boston, MA – USCM Cities of Opportunity Task Force Vice Chair

KATHY SHEEHAN, Albany, NY

RICHARD BERRY, Albuquerque, NM

ED PAWLOWSKI, Allentown, PA

LEE LEFFINGWELL, Austin, TX

BILL FINCH, Bridgeport, CT

BYRON BROWN, Buffalo, NY

RAHM EMANUEL, Chicago, IL

JAMES BRAINARD, Carmel, IN

STEPHEN BENJAMIN, Columbia, SC

NAN WHALEY, Dayton, OH

J. CHRISTIAN BOLLWAGE, Elizabeth, NJ

PEDRO SEGARRA, Hartford, CT

ANNISE PARKER, Houston, TX

STEVEN FULOP, Jersey City, NJ

SYLVESTER JAMES, Kansas City, MO

PAUL SOGLIN, Madison, WI

TONI HARP, New Haven, CT

MITCHELL LANDRIEU, New Orleans, LA

SETTI WARREN, Newton, MA

FRANK ORTIS, Pembroke Pines, FL

MICHAEL NUTTER, Philadelphia, PA

BRIAN WAHLER, Piscataway, NJ

CHARLIE HALES, Portland, OR

LOVELY WARREN, Rochester, NY

RALPH BECKER, Salt Lake City, UT

JAVIER GONZALES, Santa Fe, NM

GARY MCCARTHY, Schenectady, NY

STEPHANIE MINER, Syracuse, NY

MARILYN STRICKLAND, Tacoma, WA

JOHN MARKS, Tallahassee, FL

VINCENT C. GRAY, Washington, DC

DENNIS P. WILLIAMS, Wilmington, DE

 

National Night Out

Mayor Celebrates Community Safety, Unity at National Night Out Events

 

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 6, 2014 — Jordan, 3, looked apprehensively at the plume of hamburger-scented smoke rising from the grill.

Jordan, Firefighter Matt Fullerton

“Fire! Fire!” he shouted, looking up at the Portland Fire and Rescue firefighters towering behind him. “It’s hot!”

“The kid’s a natural,” said Battalion Chief Mark Kaiel. “He’s got a future.”

Firefighters with Station 2, Truck 2 on Tuesday evening were at Columbia Ridge Apartments for the Wilkes neighborhood National Night Out event, one of about 100 citywide. Since 1983, on the second Tuesday in August residents nationwide gather in their neighborhoods to demonstrate their commitment to safety and community. Law enforcement and emergency services attend events in their neighborhoods.

“This crew responds to this complex a few times a year,” Kaiel said. “It’s good for residents to see these guys outside of a crisis. And it’s good for the crew to see residents in a fun environment.”

Mayor Charlie Hales attended several National Night Out events Tuesday to talk with residents in an informal setting, sharing food, meeting kids, and hearing about the neighborhood.

Nhu To-Haynes, Mayor Hales, First Lady Hales, Nyla Tu-Haynes, Olivia Tu-Haynes

“These events are a fantastic way to get people out into their neighborhoods,” Hales said. “A united neighborhood strengthens the fabric of community — critical for safety and prosperity.”

At Wilkes in East Portland, kids clamored in and out of a fire truck, handing their cellphones to firefighter Matt Fullerton to snap a photo.

In a Cully neighborhood apartment complex, Clara Vista Apartments, kids took over a police car, finding the button for the lights, the PA system, and — to the panic of police officers — the radio.

“No emergency,” Portland Police Officer Graham said into this chest radio, “just some kids.” He turned to the car: “OK, guys, time to get out.”

At the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) in far Northeast Portland, kids from widely varied backgrounds ran around the gym with bouncy balls and hula hoops, pausing for face painting or to pull a block from the giant Jenga game.

At Binford Condominium Association’s event in Northeast Portland, former State Sen. Avel Gordly chatted with the mayor and First Lady over bratwurst and fruit. Used books were out for the taking, and kids ran around the expansive yard, pausing to smack a piñata and feed a parrot.

Marigold HydroPark hosted Southwest Portland’s Markham neighborhood event. Families gathered at picnic tables full of food and kids played with enough soccer balls to keep them dashing about.

parrot

In South Burlingame Park, the band Still Kickin’ — comprised of friends who’ve been jamming for nine years — played as children explored a fire engine, snatching stickers from firefighters Shannon Ellison and Josh Clemmer.  

“National Night Out celebrates neighborhood safety and unity,” Hales said. “Look around — it’s working. People are having fun, hanging out. What a great, worthwhile event.” 

Daimler Breaks Ground on Portland Headquarters Building

Daimler Breaks Ground on Portland Headquarters Building

 

FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2014 – Mayor Charlie Hales and Gov. John Kitzhaber were on hand Friday for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the $150 million Daimler Trucks North America headquarters on Swan Island.

Governor, Martin Daum, Mayor

Martin Daum, president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America, spoke about the choice of Portland for the expanded facility.

“Daimler is a good corporate neighbour,” Hales said. “They get the spirit of Portland. I’ve heard Martin Daum talk about it before, and he’s right. Daimler and Portland are a perfect fit.”

In 2012, Daimler and Western Star Trucks purchased $135 million from Oregon vendors and suppliers. Daimler also supports area high schools, the Oregon Food Bank, the United Way and the Washington Park Summer Concert Series.Gov. Kitzhaber

A 265,000 square-foot building will bring together Daimler operations now scattered across several offices and will allow for growth. Daimler plans to add another 400 employees to its Portland work force.Mayor, Bill Wyatt of Port of Portland, Martin Daum

The project also includes opening a greenway trail along the Willamette River and construction of a parking garage. The company has partnered with Ankrom Moisan for the architectural design and Hoffman Corporation for construction. 

Link to Gov. Kitzhaber’s comments at ground breaking.