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1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 340, Portland, OR 97204
FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2015 — Mayor Hales this morning hosted a roundtable with representatives from 13 environmental groups to learn about their priorities, and enlist them in helping to advance the city’s environmental goals.
“We’re in a good position right now. I spent these first two years righting the ship, so to speak, redrawing fixing the balancing a budget with a $21.5 million deficit; redrawing URAs to put $800 million back on the tax rolls; and paving more than 100 miles of streets—up from 30 from before I took office,” Mayor Hales said. “Now our businesses and development are strong; our budget has improved and we actually have some money; and we’re focusing some resources on those environmental goals we all care about.”
Representatives from environmental groups presented their priorities for Portland, including urban density, green infrastructure, electric vehicle access, and bike-friendly policies. A sample:
Mayor Hales responded that the industrial designation is designed to work with the new economy, such as the Ecotrust project, The Redd on Salmon. Ecotrust has purchased two buildings that it is renovating into a working hub for new food-based enterprises and the regional food economy. It will help grown young businesses and connect them to Oregon’s resources. “I’m so excited about that project,” Mayor Hales said. “I want to see more like that.”
Mayor Hales agreed: “We’ve had an outsized, catalytic effect on the world. I was at the C40 conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, and in that gathering of mayor’s from around the world, everybody knew Portland. We have influenced the conversation and action around the world, and we need to continue to do so.”