Just over one year ago, Chris McGowan was introduced as President and CEO of the Trail Blazers, one of Portland’s most nationally-visible icons. He moved here from Los Angles where he was Chief Operating Officer of AEG Sports, a company that runs a number of sports teams and venues -- including the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings and reigning MLS Cup winners, the Los Angeles Galaxy. Upon McGowan’s arrival, he set into motion several results-based initiatives to increase overall revenue; fine tune business operations; identify new ways to interact with the fan base; and rejuvenate the Rose Quarter campus. One year later, he has quite the list of accomplishments.
McGowan orchestrated an arena naming rights deal with Moda Health – something that has been talked about since 2007. He brought some of Portland’s favorite local food vendors inside the arena; hired a business analytics staff to help the company make more data-driven decisions; oversaw the re-launch of the team website and mobile app; and created a more linear, nimble business operations staff.
The 1970's saw groundbreaking advances in equal rights for women- in employment, education, credit, housing, public benefits, and civic participation. In 1973, after 3 failed attempts and a federal lawsuit, City Club members voted to amend the bylaws and admit women into membership. Four decades later, join us as we gather to celebrate women's achievements (both inside and outside the Club) and discuss the challenges that remain ahead. Susan Hammer, past Club president, will lead a stimulating conversation with Pauline Anderson, the Club's first woman president; Dr. Fran Storrs, past Club president; Christie Hammond, deputy commissioner of Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries; Kourtney Nelson, Club board member and past chair of its New Leaders Collective; and Kali Thorne Ladd, entrepreneur and new Club member.
Join us as we find out from team owner Merritt Paulson what it's been like to go from a MLS start up team in “Soccer City USA,” to selling-out season tickets, to being atop the Western Conference as the Timbers head into the first-ever MLS Cup Playoffs this month. We'll also hear his perspective on how the public-private deal, that made the MLS Timbers team possible, has worked. In 2010, the Portland City Council and Merritt Paulson approved a $31 million public-private deal to renovate what is now called Jeld-Wen Field and bring the Major League Soccer team, the Timbers to Portland. Paulson paid $8 million cash upfront and an additional $11.1 million into the city's Spectator Facilities Fund as prepaid rent to serve as a construction loan. The City borrowed $11.9 million, with repayment coming primarily from ticket taxes at Jeld-Wen and Trail Blazers games.
Following the presentation of the Civic Awards, Dr. Nancy Golden, Oregon's Chief Education Officer, will share the vision behind the state's 40-40-20 goal. She will discuss her priorities for ensuring each student has boundless opportunities for a promising future.
In June of 2012, City Club of Portland completed an extensive study and published recommendations to improve Civics Education in Portland. To raise the profile of outstanding Civics Education work, City Club of Portland and Multnomah Bar Foundation are partnering to present the Civic Awards. The awards will recognize innovative work of organizations, leaders, and students in our community that are engaging youth in civic participation.
City Club is proud to announce the inaugural Civic Award Winners:
Momentum Alliance for their inclusiveness and their work to nurture future social justice leaders.
Oregon Community Foundation Community 101 for their innovative approach to facilitating student civic engagement.
Kendall Jensen, teacher, Roosevelt High School for her inspirational approach to connecting science curriculum to civic engagement.
Detroit's journey from power to poverty to possibility
Detroit was once America's most prosperous city with the highest per capita income. It was the city that embodied American innovation and industry and served as the arsenal of democracy for World War II. How could a city of such greatness fall so far and so hard? What is the path forward for Detroit, and what lessons does the Motor City have for the City of Roses?
Sandra McDonough, President and CEO of the Portland Business Alliance will introduce Sandy Baruah, and he will talk about Detroit's journey. This program will wrap up with a conversation about the commonalities and differences between Detroit and Portland with Sandy Baruah and Sandra McDonough.