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With a City Council hearing scheduled for April 18 at 6 p.m., adoption of the Portland Plan is within our sights. Over 2+ years, thousands of Portlanders and dozens of partner agencies have been involved in the creation of this once-in-a-generation plan, providing a roadmap for Portland’s future.
The Portland Plan was the focus and the theme of Mayor Sam Adams’ State of the City address this year, and his message was loud and clear: “Portland the Place is flourishing. Portland the People are not. That needs to change,” he stated as he made the case for improving graduation rates, creating jobs and healthier neighborhoods, and reducing racial disparities.
The goal of the Portland Plan is fourfold: a prosperous, educated, healthy and equitable city. Unlike past plans, it focuses not just on places but also on people. This broader and more inclusive approach as well as its core principle of equity is what will distinguish the Portland Plan from others of its kind. To that end, the Mayor cited the following efforts:
Prosperous: We’ve made strides to create a more resilient economy, by focusing on growth in our targeted sectors, exporting, and investing in our neighborhood business districts.
Educated: We’re making progress on halving our high school dropout rate, by engaging the entire community in supporting our youth.
Healthy: We’re working toward a healthier, more connected and safer city, where people have access to the essentials in their own neighborhood.
Equitable: And we’re taking important steps to become more equitable and address disparities that hold us back as a community.
But this is just the beginning. The Portland Plan proposes ways to work smarter, define our focus, be more practical, work together, and be ready to make difficult decisions. Through the process of creating the plan with residents, businesses and partner organizations, we’ve developed integrated strategies that help prioritize the work to achieve our goals.
So a project like East Portland in Motion, which focuses on making it safer and easier to get around parts of East Portland by walking, biking or rolling a good example of how addressing multiple objectives with one initiative can maximize our investments in infrastructure, education and jobs. These are the kinds of efforts we’ll continue to make under the direction of the Portland Plan so that all Portlanders can enjoy the benefits of living in this city.
On April 18, 2012, at 6 p.m. the Portland City Council will hold its first hearing on the Recommended Draft - Portland Plan. Partners and community members will be on hand to offer their testimony, and the public is invited to attend or watch the meeting online at www.portlandonline.com or on Channel 30.
This promises to be a watershed moment. It’s been more than 30 years since the City of Portland adopted a plan like this. The new Portland Plan builds on the City’s successes and blazes a new path for the next 25 years. We thank you for your contribution to the creation of this remarkable plan for our community. See My Portland Plan at www.pdxplan.com.