Category: Community Investment Strategy

Metro hires new planning director to help write next chapter in region’s success

Christopher Wierzbicki currently is the deputy director of the King County Washington Road Services Division of the Department of Transportation, where he helped create a stable financial foundation and strategic plan to make the most of the county’s roads and bridges. He also helped King County’s leaders create a new Transportation Benefit District proposal.

Development, clean air and appeals: A look at the Metro Council's agenda for the rest of 2013

The Metro Council is back from recess. Here's the top 5 things to watch for in the rest of 2013.

Public-private partnerships key to regional economic revitalization, says former Pittsburgh mayor

On a recent overcast mid-June afternoon, a cross-section of the region's most active leaders from the public, community and business sectors joined members of the Community Investment Initiative's Leadership Council to hear Tom Murphy, Senior Resident Fellow at the Urban Land Institute and former three-term mayor of Pittsburgh share his experience of what that realized vision might look like.

"Communities that figure out how to position themselves in a changing world are going to be communities that compete in a different economy than we have today," said Murphy.

CII leader: Private sector ready to invest in infrastructure, but public support is a must

Community Investment Initiative Leadership Council member John Carter said the private sector shouldn't be in the business of taking over infrastructure projects. But, he said, the private sector has had a historic role in funding infrastructure and should continue to have a role if the public agrees.

Hughes: Portland region must do more to prepare for economic growth

Delivering a State of the Region address at the City Club of Portland's Friday Forum, Hughes focused on the economy in his 28-minute speech, talking about bringing jobs to the Portland region and having employees ready to fill them.

Debate about leadership, local government's role, at Community Investment Initiative discussion

Community Investment Initiative Leadership Council co-chair Tom Imeson, presenting on behalf of the Initiative's Leadership Council, offered a PowerPoint slide showing a proposed governance model with Metro, the Port, the state, Greater Portland Inc. and "other" appointing directors to a board overseeing the Regional Infrastructure Enterprise.

Plan to address multi-billion dollar infrastructure shortfall centers around "Infrastructure Enterprise"

Citing a need for an organization focused on regional infrastructure development – specifically for projects that support job creation – leaders of the Community Investment Initiative this week presented the clearest picture yet of their project.

Metro Council excited about some, underwhelmed with other ideas from Community Investment Initiative

Thursday was the first time the Metro Council met at length to discuss the Community Investment Initiative, born in 2010 as a way to address a $45 billion shortfall in infrastructure funding across the Portland region. Some of the initiative's proposals landed with a thud; others were met with enthusiasm.

As Initiative presents to Metro Council, discussion about education element dominates

Four members of the initiative's Leadership Council – Randy Miller, Joe Rodriguez, Burton Weast and Karen Williams – were at a Metro Council work session Thursday to get feedback from the elected officials on their initial plan.

Investment Initiative lays out its plan to spark region's economy, primarily through infrastructure

The Community Investment Initiative's Leadership Council has been meeting for more than a year as part of a Metro-funded effort to look at the region's funding future. The council is adamant that the region's economy will stall without better infrastructure, free-flowing transportation corridors and solid school buildings.