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POL Government Elected Officials Commissioner Nick Fish

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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.

    

     


A farm in the middle of the city

 

Yesterday, Nick joined East Portland neighbors and community partners for the groundbreaking of Zenger Farm’s Urban Grange.

 

For 15 years, Zenger Farm’s programs have helped fight hunger and poverty, expand community building, educate youth, and promote healthy eating.

 

The City of Portland, Bureau of Environmental Services, and Portland Development Commission (PDC) were proud to partner with Zenger Farm to make the Urban Grange a reality. PDC awarded Zenger a Community Livability Grant. Grants were awarded to organizations that foster vibrant and healthy neighborhoods in the Interstate, Lents, and Gateway Urban Renewal Areas. Zenger Farm was one of the largest recipients. 

 

The $2.3 million Grange will allow Zenger Farm to double their capacity to deliver strong educational programs to our community.  Local students will continue to learn about the importance of healthy food, farming, and environmental stewardship. 

 

Zenger Farm also offers a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, which allows Portland families to bring home portions of the farm’s harvest each year. In 2013, Zenger helped push local farms to start accepting food stamps, so low-income families could buy healthy, local produce. Zenger also supports the Lents International Farmers Market – the only internationally-focused market in Portland. 

 

Learn more about the Urban Grange on Zenger Farm’s website.

 

East Portland getting new Urban Grange

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune

 

Construction begins on urban farm's $2.3 million development

Alli Pyrah in the Portland Business Journal


July 22, 2014

Hollywood comes to the Northwest

Oregon’s creative economy is growing – thanks, in part, to Hollywood. 

 

Nestled right outside of Portland, in a large production studio, is the set of the new TNT TV-series, The Librarians.  In Sunday’s Oregonian A&E Section, Jeff Baker shared more about the new series, which airs this December.

 

Starring Rebecca Romijn and Noah Wyle, the 10-episode season is filmed entirely in the Portland Area.  The show, about the adventures of librarian Flynn Carsen (Wyle), protector of historical and mythological artifacts, is set to air in over 100 countries. 

 

Nick was pleased to visit the set of The Librarians in May, where he toured and watched filming.  As Council Liaison to the arts and small businesses, Nick supports creative industries that contribute to our local economy.

 

“Grimm,” “Portlandia,” “Leverage,” and now “The Librarians” are making rubbing elbows with actors in Portland more likely than ever – and it’s having a big impact on our economy.

 

Oregon offers many incentives to film companies.  Portland, with its mixture of modern and historical architecture, had doubled for diverse locations, including London and Dubai.  Oregon also boasts no sales tax, strong unions, great locations, and a talented pool of actors and behind-the-scenes people.

 

Executive producer and show-runner John Rogers says, “This Portland crew, pound for pound, is the best crew I’ve worked with in 20 years.  Full stop. None better.  We’re able to get incredible value out of them.”

 

Noah Wyle, Rebecca Romijn, and Christian Kane film new TV series, ‘The Librarians,’ in Oregon

Jeff Baker in The Oregonian


Photo courtesy of The Oregonian.


July 21, 2014

Governor Atiyeh, 1923-2014

My family, colleagues, and I join with all Oregonians today in mourning the death of former Governor Vic Atiyeh. 
 
I last saw Governor Atiyeh at a fundraiser for Camp Rosenbaum. He was seated next to former Governors Roberts and Kulongoski at the head table. He spent the evening sharing stories with us, and offering advice on current issues.
 
Governor Atiyeh was a gentle and kind man, modest and humble in his dealings with others. It was an honor to know this statesman, to learn from him, and to call him a friend.
 
We extend our deepest condolences to his family.
 
Jeff Mapes in The Oregonian
 
Photo courtesy of The Oregonian.

July 21, 2014

Jazz in Cathedral Park

Join the Jazz Society of Oregon this weekend at the 34th Annual Cathedral Park Jazz Festival!

 

Cathedral Park’s natural amphitheater sits in the shadow of the St. Johns Bridge in North Portland. It’s the perfect location to amplify sound, and is sure to be a hit for jazz enthusiasts and music lovers alike.

 

At 5 pm today, the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band kicks-off the festival, followed by the festival’s “Blues Night.” The event features a wide range of musical talents from all genres of Jazz – like Bobby Torres Latin All Stars on Saturday, and the all-female saxophonist group, the Quadraphonnes, on Sunday.

 

The Jazz Festival is the oldest continuous free jazz festival this side of the Mississippi.

 

Check out the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival’s website for more information.

 

Cathedral Park Jazz Festival

Cathedral Park

N Edison & Pittsburg Ave

July 18 - 20


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