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Summer accomplishments

With summer coming to a close and children starting school this week, I wanted to provide a few brief updates on the priorities I have been focusing on this summer.

M. James Gleason Memorial Boat Ramp revitalization complete

PaversMetro has completed construction of the additional single car parking area at the M. James Gleason Memorial Boat Ramp.

Friends of Gateway Green want to hear from you on next round of park design

Gateway GreenI wanted to let you know of a grassroots effort currently underway to build Gateway Green, a community park in East Portland. The Friends of Gateway Green would like to hear from you about your ideas for this park, which may include off-road biking and many other recreational opportunities for a community that is in need of parks and open space!

In a changing region, Metro looks to define, address equity

With an eye toward the changing demographics of the Portland region, Metro launched one of its more ambitious looks at regional policy this week: An advisory committee to define and address equity.

A personal message from Councilor Chase: Two Steps Forward for Housing

Everyone deserves the opportunity to succeed in life. Providing that opportunity supports the health and economic well-being of our entire region and everyone who lives here. Yet, too many hard-working families must sacrifice putting food on the table in order to pay for a place to live. Seniors are forced to choose between medication or paying rent. Children’s grades suffer when they don’t have a stable place to do their homework. That’s why it is critical that Metro support regional affordable housing strategies.

Easy-to-use bike share gives locals, tourists new ways to get around

BikeshareWith the help of a $2 million grant of federal funds through Metro, Portland's bike share system is on track to launch next year. How do similar systems in Washington, D.C., and New York work? And what do riders think?

Open house scheduled for public to learn about Oregon Convention Center hotel project

Metro will hold an open house for the general public to learn more about the proposed convention center hotel project on Aug. 1.

Capacity building grants to benefit North Portland communities

Community organizations serving North Portland will have a unique opportunity to grow this fall, as the North Portland Enhancement Committee begins to review letters of interest for one-time capacity-building grants of $35,000 to $50,000.

Region one step closer to thousands of jobs after legislature approves $10 million for convention center hotel

The Oregon Legislature’s decision to invest $10 million in lottery funds to help bring more visitors to Oregon through construction of a convention center hotel paves the way for good jobs now and in the future and for greater prosperity for our entire state. Attracting more visitors by using Oregon’s reputation as a great place is a smart, strategic and responsible choice that supports private businesses and the families who depend on them.

M. James Gleason Memorial Boat Ramp scheduled to reopen July 4

GleasonThe construction of stormwater improvements, new restrooms and newly-paved parking lot is now complete at Metro’s M. James Gleason Memorial Boat Ramp. The main parking lot and ramp are scheduled to re-open July 4. Ongoing construction on the new additional parking area will be completed in the near future.