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Inspiring Communities - Designing for Environment and Community with Cynthia Girling + Ronald Kellett

The Billy Frank Jr. Conference Room overflowed with more than 150 college students, design professionals and interested community members as Professors Girling and Kellett talked about designing for environment and the community.

It was standing room only at the Portland Plan - Inspiring Communities Series event with Cynthia Girling and Ronald Kellett on Wednesday, Jan. 12. The Billy Frank Jr. Conference Room overflowed with more than 150 college students, design professionals and interested community members as Professors Girling and Kellett talked about designing for environment and the community. Presenting case studies from around the world, the landscape architects demonstrated their systems thinking approach to urban design. Panelists Mike Abbate, director of urban design for the City of Gresham, Mike Houck, director of the Urban Greenspaces Institute, Carol Mayor-Reed of the Mayor/Reed design firm, and Portland Planning and Sustainability Commissioner and citizen activist Chris Smith offered valuable local perspective after the keynote address.

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Robert Weissbourd talks about poverty, race, education, housing and economic development issues on MLK Day

Portland Plan -- Inspiring Communities Series concludes with talk about equitable economic development

On Monday, January 17, the nation honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Here in Portland there will be many opportunities to remember the civil rights crusader, including attending the final event in the Portland Plan -- Inspiring Communities Series.

Bob Weissbourd, President. RW Ventures Rob Weissbourd

Keynote speaker Robert Weissbourd will talk about economic development on Monday night from 7-9 p.m. at the Mercy Corps Action Center, 45 SW Ankeny. Mr. Weissbourd has been a frequent public speaker and guest lecturer, as well as author, on a broad range of urban markets, poverty, race, education, housing and economic development issues. He has also testified on these issues before federal, state and local legislatures. His background in the public sector, desegregation and community economic development in inner cities provides Portlanders with a timely and relevant perspective on how the city can grow its economy and provide jobs across all sectors.

A nonresident senior fellow of the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program, he has been active for more than 25 years in community and civic organizations, including service as president or vice-president of the boards of City Colleges of Chicago, Crossroads Fund, Businesspeople in the Public Interest, the Center for Neighborhood Technology and PROCAN, as well as on the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago Law School, and the Advisory Committees for the (Chicago) Mayor’s Technology Advisory Committee, Brookings Metropolitan Economy Project and Brookings Urban Markets Initiative. 

Weissbourd founded RW Ventures, LLC in 2000. Previously, he served for 10 years in executive positions at Shorebank Corporation, including most recently as executive vice president of Shorebank Chicago Companies. Before joining Shorebank, Bob was a partner at Hartunian, Futterman & Howard, specializing in federal constitutional and class action litigation, school desegregation and representation of government and non-profit agencies. Bob clerked for federal Judge George Leighton, after receiving a J.D. from University of Chicago Law School and a B.A. from Yale University.

RW Ventures, LLC focuses on market-based strategies for regional and community economic development. Our goal is to achieve development outcomes and improve the quality of life of inner city residents by aligning business and community interests. Our work spans several areas, from expanding insurance markets to regional economic policy, and our projects range from neighborhood market development to analysis of the changing dynamics affecting economic performance.

Local Panelists

After Weissbourd's keynote address there will be a round table discussion with a local panel, including Aneshka Colas-Dickson, who serves on the Portland Development Commission; Sheila Martin, director of the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies and the Population Research Center at Portland State University; Glenn Montgomery, executive director of Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association (OSEIA); and Bob Tackett with the NW Oregon Labor Council. Erin Flynn, urban development director for the Portland Development Commission, will moderate.

Portland Plan -- Inspiring Communities Series

The Portland Plan will be a 25-year strategic plan for the City, and the direction it sets will touch every neighborhood, district and resident of the city as it grows. The plan will help to define priorities, guide investment of public dollars and set the course for Portland for the next quarter of a century. The plan is guided by the principles of equity, health and opportunity for all.
 
Keynote speakers for the series were chosen for their forward-thinking ideas and innovative work in the fields of education, economic development, equitable communities, environmental design and public health.

Past Presentations

Click on titles to see video recording of each presentation.

 

Sponsored by: City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, City Club of Portland, Portland State University, Bureau of Environmental Services, Portland Parks & Recreation, Oregon Public Health Institute, The Standard, IBM, Kaiser Permanente, Multnomah County Health Department and Portland Business Alliance

The Portland Plan team will make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities. Please notify us no fewer than five (5) business days prior to the event by phone at 503-823-7700, by the TTY line at 503-823-6868, or by the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

Inspiring Communities - Economic Development with Robert Weissbourd

Bob Weissbourd of RW Ventures in Chicago gave a rapid-fire presentation on Monday, January 17, chock full of stats about the value of metropolitan regions as economic engines as well as innovative ideas to leverage clusters, human capital, innovation infrastructure, spatial efficiency and effective public engagement from his work with the Brookings Institute.

Bob Weissbourd of RW Ventures in Chicago gave a rapid-fire presentation on Monday, January 17, chock full of stats about the value of metropolitan regions as economic engines as well as innovative ideas to leverage clusters, human capital, innovation infrastructure, spatial efficiency and effective public engagement from his work with the Brookings Institute. The panel discussion was enlightening as well, and the audience asked some really good questions. More than 150 people showed up – on a holiday, even!

Mr. Weissbourd's work on desegregation, social justice and inner cities made him a relevant speaker for Martin Luther King Day. He started and ended his presentation with references to Dr. King's work and quoted him by saying, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

Portland Community Media filmed the event and broadcast it live on Channel 30. They will rebroadcast all five Inspiring Communities Series events in the next few months so you can watch any or all of them there. Or watch any or all of them by clicking on the links below.

Dr. Robert Ogilvie, Public Health Law and Policy on Healthy and Complete Communities
Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Judith Bell, Policy Link on Education
Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Dr. Julian Agyeman, Tufts University, Dept. of Urban & Env. Policy & Planning on Re-imagining (E)quality
Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Cynthia Girling + Ronald Kellett, University of British Columbia on Designing for Environment and Community

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Robert Weissbourd, RW Ventures on Economic Development (watch below)

Monday, January 17, 2011 

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BPS News: New Solarize projects will help North, Northwest Portland homeowners go solar

Neighbors West-Northwest and North Portland Neighborhood Services collaborate to launch Solarize North and Solarize NW

BPS News

Wednesday January 26, 2010

CONTACT

Christine Llobregat
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
503-823-7007

New Solarize projects will help North, Northwest Portland homeowners go solar

Neighbors West-Northwest and North Portland Neighborhood Services collaborate to launch Solarize North and Solarize NW

Portland, ORE -- North and Northwest Portland area homeowners looking to control their energy costs by using solar electricity have a new helping hand to guide them through the steps of a home installation. Solarize Northwest and Solarize North Portland are two new grassroots, community-based projects coordinated by Neighbors West -Northwest and North Portland Neighborhood Services.

Free workshops makes going solar easy and affordable

Solarize Portland neighborhood projects are designed to simplify the process of going solar and bring cost reductions through volume purchasing. Free workshops make the process easy to understand by covering topics such as the size of system to purchase, budgeting and financing, and how to get started.

The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and the nonprofit organization Energy Trust of Oregon are working together to support the launch of Solarize Northwest and North Portland, and can help any Portland neighborhood associations or groups interested in operating Solarize projects. For these two projects, the City of Portland is providing strategic assistance and coordination, and Energy Trust is providing technical assistance and cash incentives to help lower the upfront cost of the solar electric systems. Also, Solar Oregon is offering educational workshops and providing database services.

Portlanders are confident about solar energy

With almost eight megawatts (MW) of solar power installed across the city (enough energy to power almost 700 homes) - Portlanders have helped prevent 4,000 metric tons of carbon emissions. The City of Portland is nearing its goal for installing 10 MW by 2012. There are currently 600 residential solar electric systems (also known as photovoltaics or PV), totaling 1.6 MW, installed in Portland. The growth of the local residential market has experienced a 400 percent increase in installations from 2008 to 2010.

For more information about the history of the Solarize programs, visit www.portlandonline.com/bps/solarize

About Neighbors West-Northwest Coalition

The Neighbors West-Northwest Coalition (NWNW) promotes direct participation in grassroots democracy by supporting community efforts at the neighborhood level. Our services advance the voices of our constituent Neighborhood Associations as they strive to create livable, sustainable and equitable communities. www.nwnw.org

About North Portland Neighborhood Services

North Portland Neighborhood Services (NPNS), located in the Historic Kenton Firehouse, is the neighborhood office that serves residents in the 11 neighborhood associations in the North Portland district. www.npnscommunity.org

About the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

To create and enhance a vibrant city, BPS combines the disciplines of planning and sustainability to advance Portland's diverse and distinct neighborhoods, promote a prosperous and low-carbon economy, and help ensure that people and the natural environment are healthy and integrated into the cityscape. BPS provides a forum for community engagement and education, and is a catalyst for action. With a city full of partners, BPS develops creative and practical solutions on issues as far ranging as comprehensive, neighborhood and environmental planning, urban design, waste reduction and recycling, energy efficiency and solar technologies. This innovative, interdisciplinary approach strengthens Portland's position as an international model of sustainable development practices and commerce. www.portlandonline.com/bps

About Energy Trust of Oregon

Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping utility customers benefit from saving energy and tapping renewable resources. Our services, cash incentives and energy solutions have helped participating customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas save nearly $600 million on energy bills. Our work helps keep energy costs as low as possible, creates jobs and builds a sustainable energy future. Learn more at www.energytrust.org or call 1-866-368-7878.

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Portland Plan Fairs roll out comprehensive strategies for a thriving and sustainable city

Equity, economic prosperity and affordability, education, and healthy connected neighborhoods top the list

Equity, economic prosperity and affordability, education, and healthy connected neighborhoods top the list
Portland Plan Fairs

Portlanders have an opportunity to shape the City's strategies for the future at the upcoming Portland Plan Fairs, starting on March 2. Developed with the community, the strategies include actions that address residents' key concerns:

  • Equity
  • Education
  • Economic Prosperity & Affordability
  • Healthy Connected Neighborhoods

The fairs are designed to offer residents a range of experiences and opportunities to learn about and comment on the strategies. In addition to breakout discussions for each strategy, the fairs will feature booths, presentations, local food and community exhibitors. Free childcare will be provided at all locations.

Save the date: The Portland Plan Fairs

Southeast Portland

Wednesday, March 2, 6:30 - 9 p.m.

Hosford Middle School, 2303 SE 28th Place

TriMet #4, #10

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West Portland

Sunday, March 6, 12:30 - 3 p.m.

Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Road

TriMet #63, MAX Red + Blue

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North Portland

Thursday, March 10, 6:30 - 9 p.m.

De La Salle North Catholic High School

7528 N Fenwick Avenue

TriMet #4, #6, #75; MAX Yellow

En Español, también!

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East Portland

Saturday, March 12, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO)

10301 NE Glisan Street

TriMet #15, #19; MAX Green + Blue

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Come share your ideas about how to get to the future we want! For more information, call 503-823-2041.

The Portland Plan team will make reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities. Please notify us no fewer than five (5) business days prior to the event by phone 503-823-7700, by the TTY line at 503-823-6868 or by the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.