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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

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

Project SEARCH 2019 Graduation

May 24, 2019

Today, Nick was honored to speak at the City's second Project SEARCH intern graduation.

Nick launched our partnership with Project SEARCH in October 2017. Project SEARCH helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities gain meaningful workplace experience and employment. The pilot program created five internship positions in the Bureau of Environmental Services and the Water Bureau. The interns became valued members of the bureau teams and gained valuable work experience.

Based on the success of the pilot, and the City’s commitment to being a model employer, we significantly expanded the program this year. Now, the City offers both internships and paid positions for qualified candidates and includes opportunities in two additional bureaus – the Bureau of Human Resources and Parks.

Special thanks to our outstanding interns for their work, staff at the Bureau of Human Resources for helping to expand the program, especially Anais Keenon, and Mer Stevens and Ashton Davenport from Community Access Services for their ongoing partnership.