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Welcome to Commissioner Nick Fish's website
Commissioner Fish is in charge of the Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services. He is also Council liaison to Elders in Action, Venture Portland, and the Regional Arts & Culture Council.
Shine bright like a diamond
The lights on Broadway are shining brighter!
Last week, 7,642 light bulbs were changed outside the Newmark, Brunish, and Winningstad Theaters, and the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall – including our iconic Portland sign on SW Broadway.
Old, energy-draining bulbs were replaced with long lasting, energy-efficient LED bulbs that have at least 5 year lifespans - saving 186,000 kilowatt hours. That’s enough energy to power 16 households! Portland’5 will also save a lot of money – more than $18,000 annually.
Nick is proud to serve as Council liaison for Portland’5, the 5th largest performing arts center in the nation. Each year, they bring over 1,000 performances, lectures, – and now, sustainable lighting - to Portland in some of our most iconic buildings.
David Stabler in The Oregonian
Photo courtesy of The Oregonian.
July 29, 2014
Portland's public art receives national recognition
Americans for the Arts (AFTA) recognized 37 incredible artworks for this year’s Public Art Network Year in Review, a national honor in public art. Of those selected, two are right here in Portland!
Funded by the City of Portland’s Percent for Art program, and managed by the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC), the two artworks are paradoxical. One highlights Portland’s future, with a focus on transit, while the other is a ghost of Portland’s past.
The Streetcar Stop for Portland, by talented artist Jorge Pardo, is located just north of the Rose Quarter at the NE Broadway and Weidler Streetcar stop. Inspired by an evening photograph, the eclectic, sunshine-colored structure consists of over 300 individual panels. Promoting our public transit, the artistic shelter is intended to be a momentary escape from Portland’s rain. The warm hues of orange and yellow makes for a feeling of walking into a sunny day.
Inversion +/-, by Lead Pencil Studio, is a tall, three-part structure near the Hawthorne and Morrison Bridges, in Portland’s Central Eastside Industrial District. A nod to the past, the weathered steel structures represent buildings that were demolished in the 1950’s for highway construction, including a foundry, warehouse, and apartment building.
RACC manages more than 2,000 community-owned artworks throughout Portland and Multnomah County. Visit their website to view the entire collection, and don’t forget to check out Streetcar Stop for Portland and Inversion +/- in person!
July 28, 2014
The best part of my job is working with trusted partners to build a stronger community.
Here is a snapshot from the past few weeks:
1. I attended the opening of Venture Portland’s new office in Southeast Portland. Executive Director Heather Hoelle and her team work with our 50 neighborhood business districts to promote local jobs.
2. I joined Mayor Hales and Commissioner Novick at the groundbreaking for Daimler’s new headquarters on Swan Island. Daimler is investing $150 million and creating over 400 new jobs.
3. I celebrated the re-dedication of Dawson Park in North Portland. Portland Parks and Recreation, PDC, the Parks Foundation and community partners worked to revitalize this historic park. And Legacy Emmanuel Hospital donated the funds for a new children’s fountain.
4. I attended the groundbreaking of the Urban Grange at Zenger Farm in East Portland. The Grange will serve low-income and immigrant families, expanding Zenger’s work in sustainable agriculture, environmental education, and hunger relief.
5. I spoke at the dedication of LifeWorks Northwest’s new Beech Street Apartments in Northeast Portland. The Portland Housing Bureau invested $3.2 million of urban renewal funds (the 30% set-aside) in the development. It is the new home for Project Network, a culturally-focused residential treatment program for people recovering from substance abuse.
Working with local employers – big and small – to create good jobs; investing in great parks and a sustainable future; helping people in need.
These are the cornerstones of a stronger community.
July 25, 2014
Aaron Mesh in the Willamette Week
Denis C. Theriault in the Portland Mercury
Andrew Theen in The Oregonian
James Reddick in The Oregonian
Andy Giegerich in the Portland Business Journal
The Oregonian Editorial Board
Jeff Mapes in The Oregonian
July 25, 2014
Giving families a second chance
This morning, Nick was pleased to attend the grand opening of LifeWorks Northwest’s Beech Street Apartments in Northeast Portland.
As former housing Commissioner, Nick believes in building not just homes – but a stronger community.
The Beech Apartments provide a unique service. In addition to providing safe, affordable homes, the building also houses Project Network, a culturally-focused residential treatment program for women recovering from substance abuse problems. In addition to 32 permanent apartments, 29 apartments will serve as temporary homes for women in treatment.
The building would not have been possible without our strong community partners. In addition to Home Forward and Lifeworks Northwest, Holst Architecture stepped in with their beautiful design. Fresh of their award-winning Bud Clark Commons, Holst’s work at the Beech Apartments is expected to earn LEED Platinum certification, thanks to energy- and cost-saving materials. It’s a shining example of why Portland is a leader in green building and infrastructure.
Photos courtesy of Andie Petkus Photography
July 24, 2014