Mayor Hales discussed the government's role in the innovative new economy: ensuring safety and access.
FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2015 — Mayor Charlie Hales joined industry experts to discuss the sharing economy in Portland during the third TechFestNW, Willamette Week's gathering of leading thinkers, startups, and established companies.
Hales took the stage with David Plouffe, the architect of President Barack Obama's two innovative campaigns, and now senior vice president of policy and strategy for Uber, one of the transportation network companies Hales recently helped legalize.
"Portland has a long history with a sharing economy: Multnomah County Library is 125 years old; our community garden system is 40 years old; the North Portland Tool Library is 10 years old; and we probably have more poetry boxes and tiny libraries than anywhere else," the mayor says. "We are a community of thoughtful consumption. And government's role is to ensure that our economy operates safely and inclusively."
Attendees lauded on Twitter the discussion as insightful and compelling. Here's a roundup of their reactions:
@MayorPDX says Portland will need to deal with new business models with an agile approach. This mindset is great message for tech community— TechTown Portland (@TechTownPDX) May 1, 2015
“The more you proliferate choices, the better the system works.” —@MayorPDX— Uber Portland (@Uber_PDX) May 1, 2015