2009 marks the 50th anniversary of Portland's sister-city relationship with the city of Sapporo, Japan. Several activities marked the occasion: an official recognition ceremony in Council chambers at City Hall on Friday afternoon was followed by a reception in the City Hall Atrium; a Friday evening Dinner & Reception was hosted by the interim Consul General of Japan, Mr. Murabayashi; and members of the official delegation from Sapporo marched in the 2009 Grand Floral Parade on Saturday, June 6.
Nick was honored to be participate in these special events and to be a part of the unique bond between Sapporo and Portland.
Charles Jordan, former Portland City Commissioner and Parks Director, recieved "Urban Pioneer Award" from Portland State University
June 5, 2009
Charles Jordan, former Portland City Commissioner and Portland Parks and Recreation Director was recently honored as an "Urban Pioneer by Portland State University's College of Urban and Public Affairs. In addition to his substantial local contribution to urban parks, Charles has also served as Director of the Conservation Fund, Parks and Recreation Director for Austin, Texas, and co-chair of the National Park Service’s Land and Water Conservation Fund Review Commission. Tri-Met and the Albina Community Bank were also recognized this year.
Past recipients of the Urban Pioneer award include Mayor Vera Katz, City and County Commissioner
Gretchen Kafoury, and theGerding Edlen Development Company.
Portland City Council recognized Homeownership Month 2009 with an official proclamation on June 3.
June 4, 2009
On Wednesday, June 3rd, community stakeholders including realtors, homebuilders, home buyer education and training specialists, and foreclosure prevention and counseling providers, met with Commissioner Fish and Portland Housing Bureau staff for a briefing on the City's homeownership programs, in acknowledgment of June as Homeownership Month. Staff and stakeholder panels presented the report to City Council in support of the City's Homeownership Month Proclamation.
Commissioner Fish announced the awarding of $280,000 in grants to organizations providing Homeowenrship Retention and Foreclosure Prevention Services in the Portland area. The funds will be available immediately to meet the rapidly escalating need for these services as rates of foreclosure increase. The Homeownership kitchen cabinet will reconvene in the summer to assist Commissioner Fish in shaping the future vision for homeownership programs in the Portland Housing Bureau.