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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Council introduces Intertwine

Commissioner Nick Fish and Metro President David Bragdon announced the launch of Intertwine, a regional partnership to promote parks, trails, and natuiral areas.

Intertwine, a joint effort led by Multnomah County and the City of Portland

July 10, 2009

Portland has become a model for integrating a commitment to healthy, connected, and green communities with our regional planning and environmental management. Now, Metro and the City of Portland have partnered to jointly further this effort in our region.

Commissioner Fish and Metro President David Bragdon introduced 'Intertwine,' formerly 'Connecting Green,' at Wednesday's Council session.

Working to strengthen partnerships across agencies, sectors, and jurisdictions is a priority for Commissioner Fish. Our goal of creating a world-class system of parks, trails, and natural areas won't be achieved without this collaboration.

Find out more at oregonmetro.gov, and also check out the great presentation we saw at Council.

Oregon's recession: By the numbers

Portland Commissioner Nick Fish on the HUD Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress and the increasing importance of service to help our most vulnerable.

HUD Annual Homelessness Assessment Report

July 15, 2009

Last week, the federal government announced that Oregon ranks first in the nation in per capita homelessness. One in 200 Oregonians is homeless, and we are one of the few states where the majority of homeless people are unsheltered.

Other statistics echo the same unfortunate reality: Oregon is second in the nation in unemployment, trailing only Michigan, and third in the nation in hunger.

Nick spoke with KGW yesterday about the report and about the challenges facing Portland, and has issued a call to action to all Portlanders, urging government, non-profits, churches, and citizens to do more to address increasing need in our community.

There are many ways we can help – through groups like Hands on Greater Portland, the Mayor’s Portland Is Better Together initiative, or by giving directly to local organizations.

Senn's Dairy Park and Community Garden opening

Commissioner Fish at the opening of the first park in Parkrose, the Senn's Dairy Community Garden.

Commissioner Fish at the Senn's Dairy Community Garden opening in Parkrose.

July 16, 2009

Portland's Parkrose neighborhood has historically been parks-deficient. In fact, it has been as parks-deficient as they come: until last weekend, it had not a single City park.

Commissioner Fish was honored to be involved in the last stages of this project, which has been in the works for eight years, and to open the Senn's Dairy Park and Community Garden last weekend. Senn's Dairy Park is the third facility in East Portland the Commissioner has had the pleasure of opening in recent months.

Fueled by the passion and dedication of the people of Parkrose, this park will be a wonderful community asset, providing a safe, inviting gathering place for the Parkrose community for years to come.

Housing officials hit Portland

Housing Commissioner Nick Fish addressed the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials at their "Recovery and Reinvestment - Strengthening and Rebuilding our Communities, Regions, and the Nation" conference in Portland, Oregon, July 2009.

July 17, 2009

Commissioner Fish addresses the NAHRO "Recovery and Reinvestment - Strengthening Our Communities, Regions, and the Nation" conference in Portland, July 2009.

Housing officials from across the county visited Portland last week for the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) summer conference, "Recovery and Reinvestment - Strengthening Our Communities, Regions, and the Nation."

Commissioner Fish was honored to open the conference with remarks at the Opening Plenary Session Thursday morning, welcoming attendees and sharing his experience as Commissioner-in-Charge of creating a new powerhouse Portland Housing Bureau.

He related his ambitious housing agenda, and closed with a message of hope: "When I look out at the visionary, innovative leaders attending this conference, I know there is a road out of this mess. And where one does not exist, we will build one."

High season for Portland's farmers markets

Commissioner Fish is an avid farmers market patron, and he encourages you to check one - or more - of Portland's many farmers markets this summer.

July 20, 2009

With over 15 farmers markets across the city offering a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, breads, and more throughout the summer, Portland is a farmers market enthusiast's dream.

These open air markets provide community gathering space; bring fresh, local foods to our neighborhoods; and offer a great way to spend a weekend morning.

Not only that, farmers markets are often cheaper than neighborhood grocery stores, and most Portland markets happily accept Oregon Trail, WIC, and FMNP vouchers.

Locations and times for many markets are detailed at the Portland Farmers Market website, and others are listed here. The New York Times also has a great slideshow of several New York markets and the St. Paul farmers marketover 150 years old!

Farmers market season is in full swing - we encourage you to visit your local market, support our region's farmers, and spend some time with your friends and neighbors!