The Portland Expo Center was voted the No. 1 mid-sized convention and event center in the United States by the February issue of Trade Show Executive magazine, one of the most widely read trade publications in the event and convention industry space. The Expo Center ranked ahead of such larger market venues as Moscone West in San Francisco, Austin Convention Center in Texas, and the South Towne Exposition Center in Utah.
In its approved form, the bill aims to solve the years of debate on the future of growth in Washington County by offering a little something for everyone.
Several parties, including legislators, representatives from local governments, land conservation advocates, development interests, Metro Councilor Bob Stacey and Metro Council President Tom Hughes, met during the weekend to discuss ways to settle the region's urban and rural reserves designations, which were cast in doubt last Thursday after an Oregon Court of Appeals ruling.
All of the great communities in our region benefit from an effective long range plan to protect farms, forests and natural areas and to provide good jobs now and in the future.
Our state was founded on the premise that our land was the basis for our livelihoods and therefore warranted strong protection and thoughtful planning. The proposed agreement reached by the leaders and residents of our region and endorsed by our Legislature is in keeping with our state’s founding premise.
Given the importance of what’s at stake, it is our responsibility as a community to come together to ensure we protect the things we love about this place – our working landscape, our natural beauty and our ability to provide good homes and good jobs for our growing families.
The local agreement reflected in HB 4078 rests on a solid foundation built through the years of hard work done by people from all across our region. It reflects our Oregon tradition of working together to protect the things that make our region a great place.
HB 4078 codifies the fundamental principles behind our region’s decision about urban and rural reserves. The legislation provides greater protection for farms, forests and natural areas, offers more predictability to our communities, home builders and manufacturers, and makes our land use system more efficient.
The Metro Council supports passage of HB 4078.
Recently, the national trade magazine Venues Today announced the top ranked venues in North America based on gross ticket sales. Three Portland'5 venues – Keller Auditorium, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and the Newmark Theatre – made the list alongside some of the most famous or bigger venues in the country, including Radio City Music Hall in New York, MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, Fox Theatre in Atlanta, and Staples Center in Los Angeles. In fact, Portland'5 venues received more rankings than any other venue or group of venues from the Northwest.
Metro Council President Tom Hughes called the plan "outrageous" after three hours of lobbying at the capitol on Thursday. He said legislators shouldn't step in when there's no way of knowing whether the courts would remand any specific urban or rural reserves.
The bill now gives timelines to state regulators and the Oregon Court of Appeals in their review of Metro's future urban growth boundary expansions. That's a win for the Metro Council, which had asked the Legislature to require the courts to hurry up review of UGB cases, and for Hillsboro and Beaverton, which are planning developments in the UGB expansion areas.
Want to get rid of weeds, improve water quality, create wildlife habitat or otherwise restore nature across the Portland metropolitan area? Apply for a Metro Nature in Neighborhoods restoration grant.
The blueprint for the Westside Trail is almost complete. After a two-year planning process led by Metro, a final draft of the master plan will be available for review and public comment from Feb. 6 -28.
Metro’s Transportation Policy Alternatives Committee, or TPAC, is an advisory committee that reviews regional plans and federally funded transportation projects across the three-county Portland area. TPAC is comprised of 15 transportation professionals appointed by area jurisdictions, and six at-large community members. TPAC community representatives bring a various areas of representation and expertise to the regional transportation conversation.