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.



Friday tours


Nick had an eventful Friday, filled with tours and meetings with some of Portland’s great businesses and institutions.



In the morning, Nick met with businesses in the Central Eastside, starting with Roundhouse, a premier creative agency in our community.


With clients including Adidas, Red Bull, and North Face, Roundhouse has established itself as a national force. Launched in 2002 as a two-person operation, Roundhouse now employs over 70 people, recruiting talented locals to create innovative marketing solutions for their clients. 


Go on Roundhouse's website for more information.

Italian Gardeners and Ranchers Building


Nick also toured the Italian Gardeners and Ranchers Building with the owner, Jim Morton.  Located on SE Main and MLK, the historic building is home to a staggering 42 small businesses!


From smartphone app testers to furniture makers, the company epitomizes an important aspect of Portland: our culture of innovation. 


For more information on the building's transformation, visit the Planning and Sustainability's website.

PNCA’s Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design


In the afternoon, Nick and several of his colleagues took the MAX to Northwest Portland and toured the Pacific Northwest College of Art’s incredible Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design building with the school’s president, Tom Manley.


Also known as the 511 Federal Building, the Center for Art and Design is a former federal post office. It is identified as the geographic center of Portland by a U.S. Geological Survey marker.


Built from 1916-1918, the extraordinary building is being restored and redesigned into the university’s main building – fit to meet all modern needs while retaining its beautiful, historic charm. 


It will open in time for spring term on February 3, 2015.


Check out PNCA’s website for more details.

September 22, 2014

Fall planting

This Saturday, take your green thumbs over to PlantFest 2014.


In celebration of autumn’s arrival, Hardy Plant Society of Oregon is having a plant extravaganza! 


A well-known secret among gardening enthusiasts, autumn is a great time to plant water-efficient flowers and trees. Oregon’s rains help establish those new plants to blossom beautifully in the following year. 


PlantFest begins with a lecture entitled, “Weird & Wonderful Plants,” followed by a plant sale from 22 specialty nurseries.  


Hardy Plant Society of Oregon is a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing the love of gardening, with an array of educational programs and events throughout the year. 


Visit Hard Plant Society of Oregon’s website for more information and registration.


PlantFest 2014

9:00 am – Lecture

11:00 am – 3:00 pm – Plant sale 

PCC Rock Creek Campus

17705 NW Springville Road

September 19, 2014

Friday Roundup

September 19, 2014

Noche Bella

Last Friday, Nick was honored to join colleagues, community leaders, and friends at Noche Bella, Latino Network’s annual dinner and auction.


Latino Network provides transformative opportunities and advocacy for the education, leadership and civic engagement of Latino youth and families in our community. The evening celebrated the hard work that Executive Director Carmen Rubio and her team at Latino Network do for our community.


Noche Bella brought together people who share the vision of Latino Network, along with spectacular music, delicious food, and a night filled with culture and festivity!


To learn more about Latino Network check out their website.


Congratulations to Carmen and her team for hosting a wonderful event!

September 17, 2014

Engaging local youth

Every summer for the past six years, youth and mentors from Straightway Services have volunteered with Portland Water Bureau staff at Powell Butte and local HydroParks.   


The volunteer program offers youth an opportunity to positively contribute to our community.  And Portland Water Bureau really appreciates all of their hard work!  In turn, the youth gain work ethic and experience, as well as a sense of accomplishment and community pride. 


Since 2007, Pastor Dwight Minnieweather has directed Straightway Services, and helped develop the partnership with the Portland Water Bureau. 

Straightway Services provides pivotal life and employment skills, resources, mentorship, and volunteer opportunities to youth in our community. 


Check out Straightway Services’ website for more information about their great organization. 

September 16, 2014

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