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.
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.
With 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?
Metro will hold an open house for the general public to learn more about the proposed convention center hotel project on Aug. 1.
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.
The 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.
Following the region's passage of the parks and natural areas management levy in May, Metro is hiring for a variety of positions to accomplish the levy's goals, which include park improvements, habitat restoration, and more.
I recently toured the site of the former St. Johns Landfill with members of Metro’s North Portland Enhancement Committee. With your support and the support of the St. John’s community, I believe we can complete the transformation of this once burdensome landfill into a celebrated resource for wildlife that will be accessible to everyone in the region – especially the traditionally underserved communities in North Portland.
I am grateful to represent you on the Metro Council. After my first four months, I’m more confident than ever that together we can protect our farms and forests, keep our air and water clean, create good jobs now and in the future—and in doing so ensure that everyone regardless of race, disability or social status, has the economic opportunity to succeed and to access our region’s exceptional quality of life.