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The City of Portland, Oregon

Community & Civic Life

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TDD: 503-823-6868

1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland, OR 97204

The Community Opportunity and Enhancements Program (COEP)

Deadline for Applicants: September 30th, 2019

Staff Liaison: Cathy Sherick, and phone 503-823-6866

Application: Instructions below.

Purpose and Background

The City of Portland is committed to increasing diversity and equity in contracting and has implemented the Community Equity and Inclusion Plan or (CEIP) for use on City public improvement contracts. The City of Portland has also created the Community Opportunities and Enhancements Program, (COEP).

The COEP directs that 1% of the City's public improvement contract funding (those using alternative contracting methods over $10 million to $25 million), to be used to assist Disadvantaged, Minority-owned, Women-owned, Emerging Small Businesses, and Service Disabled Veteran Businesses (COBID certified) with Workforce Development and Technical Project Management Assistance.

The Community Equity and Inclusion Committee (CEIC) is the advisory group that provides recommendations and guidance on the disbursement of the 1% COEP funds for projects subject to the Community Equity and Inclusion Plan (CEIP). The CEIC will offer professional and technical assistance to prime and sub-contractors subject to the CEIP, assisting with securing workforce and sub-contracting services to meet CEIP goals and /or providing recommendations on project exemptions and modifications. Grants for workforce and technical assistance, program metrics and outcomes for annual reporting will also be reviewed and assessed by the CEIP.

Total number of advisory seats: 15

Number of seats available: 15

Who can join

To be eligible for the advisory committee, members must live, play, worship, go to school, work or do business in the City of Portland. Member of an OBID construction firm, a consulting entity, services provider to construction workforce training, and/or apprenticeships.

What We Look For

We want people from every part of Portland here to share their voice on this committee, especially people who have not been involved before. If you want to serve your community and to help government make better choices, then we want to see your application. The attributes listed below are what will guide our selection process. It is helpful if you are specific in your answers. We do not expect you to be or have everything listed.

  • You believe government is better when community is involved
  • You are an advocate for racial equity: you want positive and long-lasting outcomes for racial and ethnic communities who have been left out before. You can bring discussion about racial and ethnic communities who need it the most.
  • You have a perspective on physically navigating the community with a disability.
  • You are available to attend all meetings and participate in the discussions
  • You have a professional level understanding of the construction industry it's business practices and processes.
  • You have a professional level understanding of the construction industry workforce training and retention needs.

Time Commitment

  • Quarterly meetings will take place on weekday evenings at a location that will provide parking and allow for food to be served at meetings (location TBA)
  • Members are involved for a duration of 2 year terms, or no more than 8 consecutive years.
  • We provide interpreters who will translate the conversation in your language during the meeting. Please ask for an interpreter at least a week in advance of the meeting so we have enough time to make arrangements.
  • You may need to read and write in your language. Verbal and written translations are performed by outside organizations. The dialects may be different than your home region and may be different on each document.
  • We try to translate the written materials you ask for, but we may not be able to provide translation on all meeting documents.
  • Members are expected to prepare for meetings on their own time. Meeting materials for review may be sent with minimal time to review, possibly as few as forty-eight hours (or two days) in advance.

We Remove Barriers

Let us know if there are barriers to your participation. Dinner will be provided at evening meetings. Public transportation or parking passes will be available if you need those to fully participate.

Volunteer Ethics

People who join this committee will become what we call “Public Officials,” which means that while you serve you must behave fair and ethically. We will provide training on this once you are accepted. Part of following Public Officials Ethics laws means you must tell the group when you or a relative may financially benefit (or avoid fees) by your recommendations. This is called a “Conflict of Interest.” If you tell us about potential Conflicts of Interest that does not mean you cannot serve, in fact, many committees have potential members with Conflicts of Interest. We appreciate your ethical inclusion of possible Conflicts of Interest on the form included in the application.

How to Apply


Current applications under review.

Online submission is the preferred, fastest method to get the application into the hands of the selection committee. We suggest you pre-write and save your answers in a separate document, so you have your own copy, and to prevent loss of your work from internet disruptions. You may request to submit a Word version of the application. Email to request a Word version.

To talk with someone about this opportunity or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the advisory body staff liaison at Cathy Sherick, and phone 503-823-6866

Voluntary & Confidential Demographic Information

The City is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Completing the demographic information on the application is voluntary, but we encourage you to provide that information.  The City uses this information to help ensure that advisory body appointments represent a broad cross-section of community. Your information will not be used during the recruitment nor the selection process. State and federal law prohibit use of this information to discriminate against you. Questions about this may be sent to

General Questions

For general questions about the Advisory Bodies program, the volunteer recruitment process, or other upcoming advisory body opportunities please email

We Encourage You to Apply

We welcome you to browse our website to learn more about the program.

Do you have questions or need more information? Email Cathy Sherick, and phone 503-823-6866