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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


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

The arts and culture industry

January 13, 2017

The National Endowment for the Arts published several reports about the arts and culture industry – and, it’s flourishing!

One of the reports, The Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account, examines how the arts and culture industry has impacted the U.S. economy. 

In 2012, arts and culture brought in nearly $700 billion nationally! Across the U.S., 4.5 million people work in the production of arts and cultural goods, and receive over $330 billion in compensation.  

The arts and cultural industry isn’t just beneficial for the national economy - it’s also great for local economies.  For every 100 jobs created by demand for the Arts, 62 more jobs are also created. 

Other reports focus on what motivates people to attend arts events, and why. 

Exposure to arts during childhood is a strong predictor for attending arts and culture events as adults – more so than education, gender, age, or income.  Over half of all American adults attended at least one arts and culture performance or exhibit last year.  That’s 120 million people!

People typically go to socialize with friends and family, learn new things, and to support their community. 

In Portland, we are fortunate to have a thriving arts and culture scene. 

Nick is proud to be Council liaison to the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC).  RACC provides many arts and culture grants to local artists, arts organizations, and schools in the greater Portland area. They also offer a plethora of opportunities for the public to enjoy diverse arts and culture events, exhibits, and programs.  The City of Portland – through our taxpayers – is RACC’s largest source of funding.

Visit the National Endowment for the Arts website for more information about the reports.  Check out RACC’s calendar for local arts and culture events.

Photo courtesy of the National Endowment for the Arts.

It's a toad's life

January 14, 2015

One of our local critters, the western toad, is identified by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife as a vulnerable species.  That means that it will likely become an endangered species unless circumstances improve. 

One of toads’ biggest threats is breeding habitat degradation.

The Portland Water Bureau’s Environmental Compliance Group works hard every year to enhance the toads’ natural habitat in the Bull Run Watershed. Their work helps create successful breeding grounds.

Crews cut and remove reed canary grass, an invasive species, from several breeding sites. This allows sunlight to heat shallow pools where eggs and young toads reside. 

The annual project is part of the Bull Run Water Supply Habitat Conversation Plan (HCP).  It’s a 50-year plan to protect and improve aquatic habitats at the Bull Run River and Sandy River Basin.

Visit the Portland Water Bureau’s website to learn more. 

Portland’s green infrastructure

January 15, 2015

Green Innovations from PortlandBES on Vimeo.

The Bureau of Environmental Services produced a wonderful video about Portland’s innovative green infrastructure. 

The video features many projects funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The EPA provides grants to public and private projects throughout Portland.  Between 2002 and 2014, the EPA awarded Portland $3.4 million in grants!

Portland’s green infrastructure projects demonstrate sustainable, low-impact stormwater management.  It includes green street planters, rain gardens, vegetated swales, ecoroofs, and more!

Green infrastructure helps manage stormwater runoff.  That protects rivers and streams, replenishes groundwater, and keeps our watersheds healthy. 

Check out the Bureau of Environmental Services’ website to learn more. 

Friday Roundup

Green Innovations

The Bureau of Environmental Services

Nick Fish Balks at Allowing Short-Term Rentals in Apartments and Condos; the Expansion Still Passes
Denis C. Theriault in the Portland Mercury

City of Portland to foot $260,000 'green' project at Laurelhurst School to keep runoff out of sewers

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian

Films to focus on restoration, dam removal

Ellen Spitaleri in the Portland Tribune

Council approves short-term rentals in multiunit buildings: defers on enforcement

Mike Francis in The Oregonian

Street fee plan hits another pot hole

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Portland's Betsy & Iya debuts Inca-inspired jewelry

Anna Marum in The Oregonian

Unid@s panel

 January 16, 2015

This afternoon, Nick was proud to join Latino Network Executive Director Carmen Rubio for a Unid@s panel discussion, Sustaining Latino Civic Engagement: Advocacy, Candidacy, and Service

Latino Network provides a multitude of opportunities, programs, and advocacy for the Latino community in the greater Portland area. Their Unid@s program focuses on encouraging Latino leadership and civic engagement.

Check out Latino Network’s website for more information about this wonderful organization.