City Club of Portland, 901 SW Washington St., Portland
Meet new members, make new friends and hang out with local leaders as they tell their stories. Past spotlights include business leaders, state and local government officials, nonprofit executives and others. This event is free to attend, but let us know you're coming! Click here to RSVP.
Brad Avakian, Josh Lehner, Jessica Nelson, Sunny Petit & Roberta Phillip-Robbins. Moderated by Nichole Maher.
Politicians and pundits across the nation are engaged in almost daily debate about these issues and their impact on the economic vitality of our communities and country. Join our discussion with Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries Commissioner Brad Avakian, Sunny Petit and Roberta Phillip-Robbins of the Oregon Council on Civil Rights, Jessica Nelson from the Oregon Employment Department, and Josh Lehner from the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis. Nichole Maher, president of the NW Health Foundation will moderate.
No city agency has been racked by more recent change than the Portland Development Commission. World renowned for its role in re-creating downtown and shaping new urban neighborhoods like the Pearl District, the agency turned from placemaking to economic development under Mayor Sam Adams during the Great Recession. And, ironically, as the economy has begun to boom, the PDC had to shrink, shedding dozens of jobs and institutional memory.
Now, under a new mayor, the PDC is shifting focus again with the most dramatic redrawing of the city’s urban renewal areas in over two decades.
Please join us for a conversation with the PDC’s executive director, Patrick Quinton, about the future of urban renewal in Portland. The event is free. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Because bringing civic-minded people together is what we do. Civic Drinks is a mix of informal conversation, connection and cocktails. It's your opportunity to mingle with local leaders, City Club members, and others involved or interested in civic issues.
Kick-off at New Deal Distillery, 900 SE Salmon St., Portland
Portland’s got a drink of choice for everyone- tea, coffee, beer and spirits! We are well-known for our coffee and beer, and our next “Made in Oregon” tour will explore the industrial eastside and its booming distillery row. We will chat about the local spirit business, and industrial eastside revitalization, and sample at four distilleries: Eastside Distilling, House Spirits, New Deal Distillery and Vinn Distillery.
On Friday, March 7, City Club of Portland released a proposed report Rising Rates and Customer Concerns: Assessing Governance of Portland's Water & Sewer Utilities. During the six-month study, the committee reviewed volumes of literature from a variety of sources. They also conducted interviews with 31 witnesses representing business, nonprofit and government stakeholder groups, as well as Portlanders who support and oppose the ballot measure that will be before Portland voters in May.
The study committee who produced the report will host an informational town hall about the report’s findings, conclusions and recommendations. The event is free and open to anyone, but space is limited. Click here to reserve your space.
The Green Dragon - Barrel Room, 928 SE 9th Ave., Portland
What’s not to love about direct democracy? The idea of a voter-powered coup of the political process has many appeals, but ballot initiatives also have wide ranging, sometimes unintended, consequences. The 2014 election promises a plethora of significant and controversial issues on the slate-- marriage equality, marijuana legalization, regulation of alcohol-- and as the election season unfolds we will host a series of discussions to help our community understand the ins and outs of our complicated initiative process. Our panelists: Felisa Hagins, Political director at SEIU; Kevin Mannix, Former legislator and attorney; and Jackson Miller, Professor at Linfield College. Moderating the panel is Tara Sulzen, Executive Director at The Bus Project.
The first event will explore the process from multiple perspectives, centering on the following questions: What does and does not work about our system? What benefits arise and what problems are caused by direct democracy? How does Oregon’s initiative system compare to processes in other states? Join us for an evening examining these questions and help shape the questions Oregonians should ask about direct democracy. This event is free to attend, but let us know you're coming! Click here to RSVP.
Sheila Martin, Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies at Portland State University; State Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward & Michele Hunter-Stranger, Executive Director of Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health & NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon
Important steps can be taken to promote healthy pregnancies and babies. Learn about the challenges involved and some of the ways Oregon is responding. Our speakers are Sheila Martin, Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies at Portland State University; Michele Stranger-Hunter, Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health; and Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, M.D., Family Practice Department, Oregon Health and Science University.