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  • August 14, 2018 8:48 PM | Connie Shipley (Administrator)

    Upcoming event information:
    EMEA Webinar: Municipal Broadband in East Multnomah County
    Date: August 21, 2018 9:30 AM PDT

    Municipal Broadband in East Multnomah County

    Multnomah County plans to lead a $300,000 study to evaluate the prospect of building a massive fiber network to provide residential internet service. It would be, by far, the nation's largest municipal broadband system. East Metro Cities (Fairview, Gresham, Troutdale and Wood Village) have agreed to be a part of and partially fund this study. This webinar will discuss the potential impact of municipal broadband in our region and allow you to hear directly from local technology expert and municipal broadband advocate Michael Hanna. set you calendar to not miss the great presentation from the comforts of your own desk. 

    About Michael Hanna

    Michael Hanna is the data architect for the Enterprise Data & Analytics Team (EDAT) within the Information Technology Division at Multnomah County government.  He has been a database administrator and software developer for his entire adult career, and has been working to improve the lives of residents and employees of Multnomah County since 2001.  When not being a data geek, he spends his time as a resilient cities, municipal broadband and post-carbon energy advocate—and is passionate about being out in nature as much as possible.

    Location will be added to this notice.

  • August 02, 2018 6:44 PM | Connie Shipley (Administrator)

    In the August Mid-Couty Memo there is an article advising that Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson is asking for input on the next use for the four acres that include the old Sheriff's building last known as the Hansen Shelter located on the SE corner of 122nd Ave. and NE Glisan. The library system and the David Douglas School District have expressed interest in using it, but those requests can be put in the back section of the plot. At a June 26th meeting, held to begin the public discussion of the property's future use, there was strong push back on affordable housing. People voiced requests for market-rate or upscale housing so local businesses can be supported by people living in the area. 

    Voice your opinion. Comments can be made through the end of August on the County's surplus property website at multco.us/commissioner-vega-pederson/comment-future-hansen-property or by calling Commissioner Vega Pederson's office at 503-988-5217.


  • July 15, 2018 9:25 PM | Connie Shipley (Administrator)

    For those of you who missed the presentation to EPCC, here is another opportunity to find out the plans for the land south of Gateway Fred Meyers


    Hello Gateway Area Businesses,

    Join Prosper Portland and Mayor Ted Wheeler on Tuesday, July 17th from 6:30pm-8pm at IRCO (10301 NE Glisan St) for a community discussion about the 102nd & Pacific project near the Gateway Transit Center. They will share what the community has identified as public benefit priorities to be achieved and next steps for moving forward.

    Agenda:

    6:30-7:00 pm: Grab some food, informal opportunity to learn more about the project and ask questions

    7:00 – 8:00 pm: Hear more about community priorities for the project at an event hosted by Mayor Ted Wheeler

    Food and refreshments will be served. Video booth will be available for public comment. Register online here.

    About the 102nd & Pacific Project in Gateway

    A group of property owners that includes both private property owners and David Douglas School District are proposing redevelopment of 10.5 acres of property near the Gateway Transit Center.

    Prosper Portland is considering up to $13 million of Gateway urban renewal funds to invest in the project. The development has the opportunity to leverage more than $300 million of private investment and be a catalyst for Gateway.

    Prosper Portland supports this project as it builds a regional anchor for Gateway; provides workforce training that increases access to jobs for East Portland residents; and creates new opportunities for small businesses with the potential to focus on minority, women, and immigrant and refugee owned businesses.


    The proposed development includes:


    Retail / Small business

    Senior Housing to Assisted Living

    Wellness Center

    Workforce development

    • Mt Hood Community College - focus on healthcare industry
    • Warner Pacific University - focus on healthcare industry

    Education

    • K-5 education and school administration/David Douglas School District
    • 2+2+2 program

    If you'd like to provide input on priorities for this project, please take the survey found here.

    See you there,

    Gateway Area Business Association
    11124 NE Halsey Street, PMB 478
    Portland, Oregon 97220


  • July 12, 2018 3:59 PM | Connie Shipley (Administrator)

    Andy Miller sent a link to the latest report on housing costs vs. income.

    Here is the link to see the statistics in Oregon:

    http://nlihc.org/oor/oregon

    Oregon is ranked having the 17th highest rent in the country.

  • July 11, 2018 6:21 AM | Connie Shipley (Administrator)

    The following is an email from Tracie Heidt, Project Coordinator for the City of Portland's PPB Strategic Plan. If you plan to attend please RSVP using the link provided in the text.

    Help Define Policing in Portland Community Discussion Group

    Do you want to be a part of shaping what policing can look like in our communities? How do you and your community interact with police now? What could be better?

    The Portland Police Bureau is developing a strategic plan to better define what community policing can be for Portland. To help do that, they want to understand your vision and priorities for the Police Bureau’s future.

    You have valuable insight.

    The strategic planning team invites you to a safe, small-group conversation to explore your community priorities for Portland Police. This meeting is specifically for businesses/organizations in Outer East Portland. We know that your organizations have specific needs and issues when it comes to police and safety, and we want to make sure your voice is heard.

    The meeting will be held on July 17th from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. at Southeast Works: 7916 SE Foster Road.

    Here is the list of organizations invited to this meeting:

    • Southeast Works
    • City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement
    • Rosewood Initiative
    • Human Solutions
    • East Portland Action Plan Committee
    • Historic Parkrose
    • East Portland Neighborhood Office
    • East Portland Chamber of Commerce
    • Lents Grown
    • Centennial Community Association
    • Parkrose Heights Association of Neighbors
    • East Portland Community Center
    • Division Midway Alliance
    • Jade District
    • OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon
    • Opal Bus Riders Unite
    • PCC Southeast

    We are asking one representative of each organization to attend. If you think anyone is missing, please let us know. We’ll be holding similar meetings with a range of interest groups across Portland. Other opportunities for the public – and you – to share their vision for Portland Police include public meetings and an online survey.

    How to sign up

    Click here to RSVP: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Qyr4U2ImmNennSXVDCf_MK-0JUZsuin99IFt8D7Bb0s/edit .

    Considerations

    We realize that talking about policing can be tough. To help individuals feel comfortable sharing their thoughts, neutral moderators from JLA Public Involvement will facilitate the meeting and no one providing comments will be identified. If you have additional concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

    Above all, thank you!

    We, together with the Police Bureau, appreciate your time and commitment in helping make our community safer for everyone.



  • July 11, 2018 6:16 AM | Connie Shipley (Administrator)

    You have the opportunity to get in front of the GEAC committee during the 3rd and/or 4th Qtr and promote your company by simply sponsoring the refreshments at the meetings for $300 per quarter. The Adventist Medical Facility provides the room.   Your $300 will cover the expense of the coffee and pastries for a quarter. These informative, well-attended meetings give you an opportunity to be seen by many members and guests. Let Debbie, our managing director, know if you want to participate with your sponsorship.

    The GEAC committee and all early morning coffee drinkers will appreciate your support of this committee.

  • July 09, 2018 10:25 AM | Connie Shipley (Administrator)

    OTC will hear public comments Thursday on congestion pricing

    July 9, 2018

    For more information, contact Don Hamilton, 503-704-7452

    PORTLAND -- The Oregon Transportation Commission will hold a special listening session on Thursday, July 12 to hear public comments on congestion pricing recommendations.

    The recommendations were submitted to the OTC July 5 by the Portland Metro Area Value Pricing Policy Advisory Committee, carrying out a directive from the 2017 Oregon Legislature to develop plans for congestion pricing in the Portland area.

    The listening session will help the OTC prepare a proposal, which will be sent to the Federal Highway Administration by the end of 2018.

    Here are details of the session.

    • What: The Oregon Transportation Commissions invites the public to comment on congestion pricing recommendations.
    • When: 4 p.m. Thursday, July 12. Signup to speak will be 3 to 7 p.m. Each person will have up to three minutes to speak to the commission. Written statements are also welcome.
    • Where: Columbia Falls Ballroom, University Place Hotel and Conference Center, 310 S.W. Lincoln St., Portland, OR 97201.
    • Agenda: The meeting will begin with a presentation on the recommendation followed by public comment. Elected officials and any members of the policy advisory committee in attendance will speak before members of the public. The public will speak on a first-come, first-served basis.
    • Why: Public comments are a critical part of the process for the OTC in preparing its proposal.
    • Watch it Live: The meeting can be viewed live at https://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/Get-Involved/Pages/July12Session.aspx.
    • Comment online: You can also comment on the recommendation through the value pricing web site, ODOTValuepricing.org.

    Comments provided at the session and written comments received through July 20th will be part of the OTC record prior to its August meeting when it provides direction to ODOT about moving forward. Comments received through July 20 will be provided to the OTC prior to its August meeting when it will provide direction to ODOT. The OTC will also provide an opportunity for public comment at its August meeting and on the final proposal it takes up in November.

    The meeting can be viewed live at https://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/Get-Involved/Pages/July12Session.aspx.

    In 2017, the Oregon Legislature approved HB 2017, Keep Oregon Moving, which directed the OTC to pursue congestion pricing on the I-5 and I-205 corridors, or segments of them, from the Columbia River to where the two highways meet near Tualatin. The 25-member policy advisory committee met six times, November to June, in preparing its recommendations for the OTC.

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  • June 26, 2018 1:20 PM | Debbie Utberg (Administrator)

    Portland Metro Area Value Pricing Feasibility Analysis | Policy Advisory Committee – Final Meeting #6

     

    PORTLAND – At its final meeting, the Portland Metro Area Value Pricing Policy Advisory Committee recommended congestion pricing concepts for the Portland metro area for further traffic, revenue and environmental analysis, along with mitigation and other priority policy issues. A report of the PAC’s recommendations will be submitted to the Oregon Transportation Commission in early July for consideration before the commission prepares a proposal for the Federal Highway Administration in late 2018.

    All meeting materials and a video of the entire meeting can be found at: http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/Get-Involved/Pages/Value-Pricing-Committee.aspx

    Value pricing, also known as congestion pricing, is a type of toll that aims to reduce traffic congestion with user fees that are higher during more congested times of the day. The goal of congestion pricing is to get the most out of the existing system by encouraging some people to travel at less congested times or to choose an alternative mode such as transit, carpool, bicycle, or walking. The result is reduced congestion and more predictable travel times.

    Following significant discussion, a majority of PAC members supported or accepted the following elements of the recommendation to the OTC:

    Any congestion pricing program should include strategies to improve public transportation, contain provisions to assist environmental justice and low income populations, and minimize negative effects of freeway diversion onto local roads.

    • Congestion pricing pilot projects should be moved forward through the implementation process on both I-5 near the central city (known as concept B) and I-205 near the Abernethy Bridge and Stafford Road (known as modified concept E) to study effectiveness of congestion pricing in this region.
    • A two-tier approach should be used that starts with tolling discreet segments on I-5 and I-205 as pilot projects before moving ahead with tolling larger portions of the two corridors as part of a larger scale phased implementation and planning effort.

    Approximately half of the committee supported starting with broader initial implementation of tolling on all lanes of I-5 and I-205, as opposed to the two-tier phased approach. In addition to the recommendations of pricing concepts and mitigation strategies, the PAC suggested that the OTC conduct planning of more system-wide feasibility of congestion pricing and planning for adding capacity to accommodate regional growth in a congestion pricing environment. The committee also agreed that net revenue from tolls collected in the region should be used to improve the transportation system in the region.

    The PAC was charged with developing a congestion pricing recommendation on I-5 and/or I-205 in the Portland-Vancouver metro area for the location, type and mitigation strategies for tolling. The Oregon Transportation Commission was directed by the Oregon Legislature to develop the proposal as part of House Bill 2017, a package of investments to address congestion and make other multimodal transportation investments in Oregon.

    A public comment period on the PAC’s recommendation is now open through July 20 to inform discussion by the OTC over the next several months. The commission wants to hear from the public. Comments may be sent via the comment form on the website at www.ODOTValuePricing.org.

    In addition, the Oregon Transportation Commission is scheduled to hold an open public comment session on congestion pricing July 12 at 4 p.m. at University Place Hotel and Conference Center, 310 SW Lincoln St., Columbia Falls Ballroom, Portland, OR 97201.  The public may sign up to comment between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m at the event where each person will have up to three minutes to speak to the commission.

    More information and a form for questions and comments may be found at: www.ODOTValuePricing.org.


  • June 25, 2018 1:38 PM | Connie Shipley (Administrator)

    At the Town Hall AM meeting held June 20th, a group of property owners that includes both private property owners and David Douglas School District spoke on their proposed redevelopment of 10-acres of property near the Gateway Transit Center. The group has asked Prosper Portland to reserve up to $13 million of Gateway urban renewal funds to invest in the project. The development has the opportunity to leverage approximately $300 million of private investment and be a catalyst for Gateway. The proposed development includes:

    Space for major East Portland workforce training providers, including Mt. Hood Community College; A new K-5 educational facility on the southwestern portion of the site owned by David Douglas School District; Mixed-use and mixed-income housing, with a focus on senior housing to address the needs of aging East Portland residents; and Ground floor retail and other commercial uses.

    Prosper Portland supports this project as it builds a regional anchor for Gateway; provides workforce training that increases access to jobs for East Portland residents; and creates new opportunities for small businesses with the potential to focus on minority, woman and immigrant and refugee owned businesses.

    Prosper Portland has hired MultiCultural Collaborative (MCC) to help engage the community in identifying and prioritizing public outcomes based on the public investment requested. MCC will facilitate six focus groups structured to ensure Gateway’s diverse community voices are heard, particularly within communities of color and the immigrant and refugee communities.”

    Those of us who attended the meeting were asked to fill out a questionnaire of our priorities for the project. For those of you who did not attend below is a link to the survey for you to share your priorities: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NE102ND



  • June 25, 2018 1:35 PM | Connie Shipley (Administrator)

    East Portland Chamber of Commerce July Government and Economic Committee Meeting – Workforce skill learning outside of College-Business Schools – Alternative Work Force Training available in the Portland Metro area for businesses to get trained workers. 

    Location: Adventist Medical Center – 10123 SE Market St, Portland OR 97216 July 11, 2018 @ 7:30 am The East Portland Chamber of Commerce is hosting a panel discussion on workforce skill learning outside of college. Businesses need workers beyond those who graduate from college. 

    The Panelists will include Steve Malany, President of P&C Construction, Jarrod Hogue, Executive Dean, Workforce, CTE & Partnerships at Mt. Hood Community College, Bob Strader, President of NW College of Construction, and Timothy Finnegan, director of Workforce Development at SE Works-Worksource Portland Metro SE.

    Steve Malany first become interested in construction management while completing his architecture studies at the University of Idaho. From there, he went on to earn a degree in Construction Engineering Management from Oregon State University in 1990, and soon joined P&C construction. He was quickly impressed with just how accessible members of the previous ownership group were, along with the firm’s overall team approach.

    Since becoming part owner in 2005, Steve has done his share to maintain and enhance P&C’s inclusive nature in how we work together to manage and complete large-scale construction projects throughout the state.

    In 2014 Steve was the President of the local chapter of the Associate General Contractors. He remains involved in the chapter’s workforce programs and will discuss their activities at the meeting.

    Jarrod Hogue, Executive Dean, Workforce, CTE & Partnerships at Mt. Hood Community College, serves as Chief Academic Officer (CAO) for career technical, workforce, small business and high school education programs and services. Specialties include: learning and organizational development, strategic partnerships and initiatives, cross organizational collaboration, enterprise software applications and program development.

    Bob Strader was raised in Danville, Illinois and graduated from Kettering University in 1975, moving to Oregon in 1979. He has been active in Rotary and Junior Achievement for over 30 years, leading both organizations as its President and Board Chair respectively. Bob was invited to join the Royal Rosarians in 1998 and served as their Prime Minister during the Rose Festival’s Centennial year of 2007. Mr. Strader is the President of the NW College of Construction and is a Managing Director with PragmaGroup, LLC where he provides strategic guidance to business owners.

    Tim Finnegan is the Director of Workforce Development for SE Works. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Education and a Master of Business Administration. Tim has over 15 years of experience managing career and technical education programs, and workforce development programs. Tim is a strategic thinker and planner who believes in leading by example, empowering others, and providing quality service to both customers and employees alike. He believes that education and training are critical components to obtain living wage jobs and moving out of poverty. Strengths include training others and developing processes that not improve outcomes, and increase efficiency and satisfaction in the workplace. Tim is a science and nature enthusiast, enjoys the outdoors, and is a photographer on the side


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