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.
Get ready for Summer Free For All!
This morning, Portland City Council accepted the report to launch the Summer Free For All 2013 program!
The Summer Free For All provides opportunities for our community to get outside and enjoy some free fun in the sun. Watch free movies in the park, listen to live music, and bring your kids to healthy lunches in our playgrounds.
There’s nothing quite like Summer Free For All - it’s a great example of what happens with strong public-private partnerships. For every $1 of public funds we invest, we leverage $5 in private support.
Special thanks to our outstanding community partners - including our premier sponsors Daimler and Nike - whose generous contributions make Summer Free For All possible!
Summer Free For All Kicks of June 27, with the movie Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted at Peninsula Park.
Click here to see the full list of Summer Free For All events.
We hope to see you this summer!
photo courtesy of Portland Parks & Recreation
June 19, 2013
National Small Business Week
Today through June 21, get out and support your favorite small business to celebrate the 50th anniversary of National Small Business Week.
Small businesses help drive Portland’s economy in a big way. 95 percent of businesses in Portland employ less than 50 people, and 76 percent employ less than 10. These small businesses deliver essential goods and services across the community.
Here are some more big facts about our small businesses:
Needless to say – in Portland, small is really big!
To learn more about Portland’s small businesses, and to help make every week “small business week,” visit Venture Portland’s website.
photo courtesy of Midway Business Association
June 19, 2013
Beaking ground on the Center for Hope & Recovery
Last Friday, Nick joined Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith, LifeWorks NW, Home Forward, and other community partners at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Center for Hope & Recovery, set to open next year.
“This innovative collaboration provides a treatment facility and permanent housing that helps families to build a solid base of recovery, maintain a crucial support network, sustain the success of their treatment, and remain in their local community,” said Mary Monnat, President and CEO of Lifeworks NW.
LifeWorks NW is a long standing Portland non-profit, providing mental health, addiction, and other social services to help build a healthy community.
The Center for Hope & Recovery models our community’s core values of opportunity, healthy neighborhoods, sustainability, and leverage – investing public dollars to leverage large private investment that makes visions like this a reality. The Portland Housing Bureau was proud to invest $4.5 million in TIF Set-Aside in this project.
Our community is stronger when everyone has a safe, stable, and affordable place to call home. Special thanks to our partners at LifeWorks NW, Home Forward, Multnomah County, Gerding Edlen, Holst Architecture, O’Neill/Walsh Community Builders, and Wells Fargo for their work on this development. When we link arms – government, business, non-profits, and the faith community – we can do great things.
In The Lund Report
photo courtesy of LifeWorks NW
June 18, 2013
43rd Annual Gay Pride Parade
On Sunday, Nick was proud to march with his 9-year old son, Mayor Charlie Hales, Commissioners Amanda Fritz, and Steve Novick, along with employees from The City of Portland in the 43rd annual Gay Pride Parade!
This year’s parade, presented by Pride Northwest, featured 130 groups marching their way through the streets of downtown Portland with thousands of cheering onlookers coming out in support. The parade ended at Tom McCall Waterfront Park where the annual Pride Festival took place.
The beautiful day was filled with fun, and pride for our community.
Grant Butler in The Oregonian
June 17, 2013
Jason Vondersmith in the Portland Tribune
Jennifer Anderson in The Portland Tribune
Becca Stanek in The Oregonian
Steve Law in the Portland Tribune
June 14, 2013