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Commissioner Nick Fish's Awards - Daimler, Depave, Ted Gilbert


Dave Wiederrich will receive on behalf of Daimler

Daimler Trucks North America, headquartered in Portland, is a division of Daimler, the world’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer. They are the leading medium- and heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America, producing and marketing the Freightliner, Western Star and Thomas Built Buses brands. The Western Star line of trucks is built right here on Swan Island.

Daimler believes in the importance of supporting the communities it operates in. Locally, Daimler supports a number of educational and humanitarian causes, but two in particular are why we’re honoring them tonight.

They have returned as the Presenting Sponsor of the Washington Park Summer Festival, allowing the City to continue the long-standing tradition of live music in the Rose Garden Amphitheater. But that wasn't enough; to help promote the event earlier this year, they fielded a float in the Rose Festival Starlight Parade, depicting the Festival on their 53-foot trailer, complete with a Festival band and risers made to look like the amphitheater venue. Of course, the float was pulled by a compressed natural gas Freightliner Truck!

Daimler Trucks North America's President and CEO Martin Daum could not be here tonight. Accepting the award on Daimler's behalf is David Wiederrich, Corporate Communications Manager.


Ted Gilbert

Portland native Ted Gilbert is a passionate and dedicated advocate for a number of worthy causes in our community.

Ted’s work in support of affordable housing in our community is truly extraordinary. He founded HOST (Home Ownership a Street at a Time) Development, Inc., a non-profit developer of affordable homeownership which built more than 350 affordable homes in Portland, and co-founded the Portland Affordable Housing Preservation Trust, a non-profit developer of affordable rental housing.

Through his volunteer work in East Portland, Ted is helping to make this underserved portion of our city a vibrant, dynamic, and attractive place to live. As co-developer of Montavilla’s Milepost 5, he’s helping bring innovative and affordable live/work space to Portland’s creative class. As co-founder of Gateway Green and Director of Friends of Gateway Green, he’s working to make the vision of a 35-acre open space and recreational destination in Portland’s Gateway neighborhood a reality. He also serves as a member of the Gateway Regional Center Program Advisory Committee, the area’s urban renewal advisory group.

Ted co-founded and served as Director of Albina Community Bancorp, a locally-owned bank investing in our community, and Albina Opportunities Corp., a non-profit venture capital fund emphasizing minority, immigrant, and women-owned businesses.

Professionally, Ted works as President of Gilbert Bros., a commercial/investment real estate company.


Ted Labbe and Maren Murphy will receive


Depave serves a unique role in our community, transforming parking lots into community greenspaces. In doing so, they help to build stronger, healthier and more equitable communities.

Depave’s mostly volunteer crew works to foster livable cities where people and wildlife coexist and thrive amidst clean air, clean water, and an abundance of plants, trees, and vegetation. They do this by inspiring and promoting the removal of unnecessary pavement from urban areas.


Paved surfaces contribute to stormwater pollution, harming our streams and rivers and  greatly degrading our water quality and riparian habitats. Pavement also disconnects us from our natural world.

Removing impervious pavements reduces stormwater pollution and increases the amount of land available for habitat restoration, urban farming, trees, native vegetation, and beauty, providing us with a greater connection to the natural world.


Depave provides information, inspiration, and technical assistance to individuals and groups who want to remove concrete and asphalt, and advocates to minimize the amount of impervious pavement in public construction and repair projects.

Depave is a project of City Repair, a nonprofit organization based right here in Portland.