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Chinese art delegation visits Mayor, City Hall

A group of students from Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province, China, are visiting Portland this week.

The primary purpose of their trip is a cultural exchange program to build, create, design, and strengthen friendships between China and the United States as well as to promote mutual understandings between the youth of China and the United States.

Yesterday they went on a scavenger hunt around the Metropolitan Learning Center.

They also created art that will be shown at City Hall on Friday at a celebration commemorating the Chinese New Year.

Today they visited City Hall and watched some council proceedings and then had a robust discussion about what makes Portland so special.

As Mayor Hales greeted the delegation, he told them that visiting new countries would make new friends but could also bring happiness.

The students ranged in age from 6 years to 19 years. 


Art students visit Mayor Hales


Art students visit city council

Save the Date for the Celebrate Trade dinner!

The City of Portland and the Oregon Consular Corps are proud to present the 2014 Celebrate Trade Awards and Scholarship Dinner. The dinner recognizes private sector companies that made a significant contribution to greater Portland's standing as a leader in international trade and investment. The dinner is also a fundraiser for the Oregon Consular Corps International Relations Scholarship Program. 

Nominate your worthy candidates here!

The dinner will be May 19, 2014, at the Portland Art Museum. Click here to learn more: Celebrate Trade Awards Gala Announced.

Portland-Mutare auction winner visits Mayor Hales

The Portland-Mutare Sister City Association held its “An Evening to Experience” on December 1, coinciding with the 2013 World AIDS day. The evening included an auction with the goal of raising money for the St. Werburgh’s primary school and health clinic. The auction raised over $16,000 for school fees, uniforms, and food for the school and a replacement ambulance for the clinic. One of the auction items was a meeting with Mayor Hales, to discuss whatever the auction winner wished. The winner of that auction item, Oregon Episcopal student Isabel Riddick met with Mayor Hales this morning.

high school student meets with Mayor Hales


Portland chefs visit Japan

Portland's favorite past-times unite -- food and talking about Portland! Chef Gregory Gourdet and sous chef Nick Schultz (Departure Restaurant) and Stacey Givens (The Side Yard) are traveling to Japan next month, ready to evangelize Portland's foodie culture and passion. Gourdet and Schultz will be promoting their new book True Portland: The Unofficial Guide for Creative People, commissioned by Travel Portland, while Givens will be cooking and serving authentic Side Yard style meals.

Read more of their travels here: Portland Chefs.  

Portland advances We Build Green Cities with Smart City Planning

The Portland Development Commission signed a Memo of Understanding with Smart City Planning. The MOU will promote Portland's We Build Green Cities program, which in turn will provide planning and design services for the project south of Portland's sister city Sapporo. The project will also develop infrastructure designed to increase civic engagement. 

To read more, click this link: PDC signs MOU to promote WBGC