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Central City as a Center for Innovation and Exchange

The Central City 2035 Steering Committee discussed the role of the Central City in its third meeting on February 9.

During its third meeting on February 9, the Central City 2035 Steering Committee explored the Central City’s role in achieving the goals of the Portland Plan. The committee also reviewed part one of the draft Concept Plan, focusing on supporting objectives for the vision of Portland’s Central City as a center for innovation and exchange. Members discussed how livability, prosperity, education and equity relate to each other and how the built environment could foster them.

The committee identified several unique characteristics of Portland’s Central City including: innovation, commitment to equity, and intentional preservation of natural and cultural resources such as manufacturing facilities and small, walkable blocks. They discussed “big leaps” described in the 1988 Central City Plan, which have already been achieved and brainstormed ideas for the Central City that will set Portland apart from other cities in 2035. Read the meeting minutes to see which ideas came forward. The Steering Committee will meet again on March 8 to review a revised version of the draft Concept Plan

For questions or comments about the meeting or the CC2035 Concept Plan, please contact Troy Doss at (503) 823-5857 or by email at

BPS Calendar Advisory: 20th Annual BEST Awards Celebrates Sustainable Business Achievements

April 25, 2012, 4:30 p.m. at the Nines Hotel in Portland, Oregon

February 28, 2012


For event date: April 25, 2012

Please post to print and web calendars 


Megan Stein, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, 503-823-7871

JoEllen Carothers, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, 503-823-4165


20th Annual BEST Awards Celebrates Sustainable Business Achievements

April 25, 2012, 4:30 p.m. at the Nines Hotel in Portland, Oregon  


Join Mayor Sam Adams and the region’s most sustainable businesses in celebrating 20 years of the BEST Awards.

The BEST Awards recognize companies that exemplify ambitious and creative solutions for sustainability while promoting social, economic and environmental equity for the Portland area.

Nik Blosser of Celilo Group Media, Aneshka Dickson of Colas Construction and Renee Spears of Rose City Mortgage will present 20 years of sustainable business in Portland. Remember where we started and be inspired by how far we've come. Envision where we will go!

Mayor Adams will unveil the winners of the 2012 BEST Awards. A champagne toast and lively networking reception will follow, including complimentary appetizers and cash bar.


April 25, 2012

Doors open at 4:00 p.m.

Program begins at 4:30 p.m.

Event is open seating, so arrive early to save your seat.


The Nines Hotel, 525 SW Morrison St., Portland, Oregon 97204


This event is open to the public.

Tickets $25. Ticket price includes a complimentary mobile Chinook Book for use on your Android or iPhone ($10 value). Buy tickets at

For more information


Call: 503-823-7037

To help ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, the City of Portland will reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services to persons with disabilities. Call 503-823-7700 (TDD 503-823-6868) with such requests or visit

The BEST Awards are presented by Sustainability at Work, a program of the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability in partnership with Energy Trust of Oregon, Pacific Power, Metro, Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, Portland Water Bureau, Portland Bureau of Transportation, New Seasons Market and Chinook Book.

About Sustainability at Work

Sustainability at Work offers free tools and expertise to help Portland organizations create more sustainable workplaces. Get matched with an expert Advisor, who will help you create a customized plan, connect you to financial incentives and technical assistance from local partners, and help you celebrate your achievements. As a result, your business can lower the cost of its utility bills, provide a healthier workspace for employees and improve its image. Sustainability at Work is a partnership of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Water Bureau, Bureau of Environmental Services, Bureau of Transportation, Metro, Pacific Power and the Energy Trust of Oregon.  

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. 

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Overview of the February SAC Meeting

February SAC meeting recap

At the February 16 SAC Meeting, the SAC reviewed and discussed the proposed N/NE Quadrant Plan Concept and the base project for the I-5 Broadway/Weidler Interchange and recommended that staff proceed with further refinement of both. See the February 16 meeting packet for more information about the staff proposals.


The next steps on the N/NE Quadrant Plan will be to develop draft goals, guidelines and actions that implement the concept. The next steps on the I-5 Broadway/Weidler Interchange project will be to return to the SAC for discussion of the merits of specific elements identified for further refinement. These topics will be discussed at upcoming meetings in March and April.

CC2035 Steering Committee to Address Regional Center, Housing and Neighborhoods

The Central City 2035 Steering Committee will discuss goals of the draft concept plan on March 8.

On Thursday, March 8, the Central City 2035 Steering Committee will review the Preamble and Introduction of the draft concept plan. They will also provide input on the first two planning goals: 1) Regional Center and 2) Housing & Neighborhoods. The packet of meeting materials can be found on the Steering Committee webpage.

The Steering Committee has been meeting since November 2011 to provide City staff with guidance on the policy framework and the draft Concept Plan. You can find CC2035 background materials, updates, and upcoming events at For questions or comments about the upcoming meeting or the CC2035 Concept Plan, please contact Troy Doss at (503) 823-5857 or by email at

The CC2035 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.