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.



Strengthening neighborhood connections through art

Yesterday, local non-profit ROSE CDC welcomed neighbors to SE 88th & Foster, to celebrate the grand opening of the Lents Grown Story Yard.


Designed by ROSE CDC and Propel Studio Architecture, the Story Yard is a beautiful, temporary art installation and community space that celebrates the vibrant diversity of outer SE Portland.


The corner lot on 88th & Foster, owned by the Portland Development Commission (PDC), had long been vacant. In an effort to breathe new life into the vacant lot and surrounding neighborhood, PDC issued grants to ROSE and Propel to create the Story Yard. The installation strengthens neighborhood connections through artwork that represents what makes Lents so great – its people.    


Portland photographer, Dawn DeAno, photographed local small business owners and farmers market vendors. The photos are showcased throughout the venue. 


A grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) allowed neighborhood youth to get involved in the process.  They interviewed people who were photographed, and made a video about the project. RACC’s grant was possible thanks to the Arts Education & Access Fund, which was passed by Portland voters in 2012.


Check out Lents Grown Story Yard!  The installation will stay up through 2015.


Interested in holding a community event in the Story Yard? Contact ROSE CDC for more information.


Lents Grown Story Yard

8801 SE Foster Rd.


Temporary art installation opens in Lents

Alli Pyrah in the Portland Business Journal

August 19, 2014

Business Spotlight: Bridgetown Natural Foods and ADX Portland

Last Friday, Nick met with some of Portland’s most innovative entrepreneurs and business owners.


He started his day at Bridgetown Natural Foods in Southeast Portland’s Lents neighborhood. He enjoyed touring the facility with owner and CEO, Dan Klock.


Under Dan’s leadership, Bridgetown has grown to over 200 employees.  Most are locals, hired right in Bridgetown’s neighborhood.


Bridgetown earned a prestigious B-Corp Certification earlier this year from non-profit B Lab. B Lab recognizes companies that meet high standards of transparency, accountability, sustainability, and performance – all with an aim to be of value to the community.


Later in the afternoon, Nick headed to ADX Portland in the Central Eastside. He joined its founder, Kelley Roy, for lunch.


ADX focuses on one of Portland’s core values: collaboration. By providing a hub – a shared space of resources and knowledge – Kelley and her team have built a great community of small manufacturers and designers. Many have even gone on to develop their own businesses. 


Bridgetown and ADX are perfect examples of great Portland companies – they support our economy, create jobs, and help our community thrive.

August 18, 2014

Pittock Mansion Turns 100


Last night, Nick was pleased to join Executive Director Marta Bones, former Royal Rosarian Prime Minister Gayle Whitehurst, and community members to celebrate the 100th birthday of Pittock Mansion.


High on the west hills, the mansion was built in 1914 for Oregonian publisher Henry Pittock and his family. Henry’s wife Georgiana was a founding member of the Portland Rose Festival, which just celebrated its 107th year.


50 years ago, Portlanders rallied to save Pittock Mansion, which had fallen into disrepair. Pittock is now owned and enjoyed by the public. Portland Parks & Recreation, in partnership with the Pittock Mansion Society, maintains the home and its grounds.

In 2012, the City committed more than $500,000 in System Development Charge funds to help renovate the historic structure. Thanks to Marta Bones’s leadership, and additional funding from the Pittock Mansion Society and private funders, the iconic terraces around the building are now in shape to welcome visitors for the next 100 years.

Nick was proud to sit on Pittock’s Centennial Council, working with other community leaders to ensure a celebration worthy of Portland’s best-known home.


Learn more about Pittock Mansion, and plan your next visit, by visiting their website.

August 15, 2014

Friday Roundup

August 15, 2014

Oregon's Painted History

Talented local artist Anna Magruder brings vivid, historic surrealist paintings to life in her series, Oregon’s Painted History.


Inspired by Oregon’s rich, diverse history, Magruder’s art emphasizes the courage and resilience of Oregonians long since passed. The exhibition also comes with an array of short essays, explaining the historical background and meaning behind each artwork. 


Magruder’s exhibition is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council’s (RACC) Project Grants, which provides financial support to non-profits and individual artists throughout the tri-county region.


Oregon’s Painted History will be up in the Architectural Heritage Center until September 20th.  Check out RACC’s website for more information.


Architectural Heritage Center

701 SE Grand Ave.

Wednesday – Saturday, 10 am – 4:30 pm

Photo courtesy of RACC.

August 14, 2014

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