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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.
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 Lifework 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
Out & about on a Sunday afternoon
Though we have had some rain, the warmth and sun return this weekend! Here are some great ways to enjoy a sunny Sunday in our community:
The Big Float
Join Portlanders of all ages for a leisurely float on the Willamette River – yes – that Willamette. Thanks to Portland’s investment in the Bureau of Environmental Services’ “Big Pipe” projects, which prevents sewer and stormwater from overflowing into our waterways, the river’s water quality is safe for swimming in the summer!
With live music, a parade, and an after party, the Big Float is a great way to beat the heat and have fun.
Register on the Big Float’s website.
1 – 5 pm
Grab your friends or family, and your bike, blades, or walking shoes, and head over to the beautiful Northeast Neighborhood Greenways for July’s Sunday Parkways event. Stop by Woodlawn, Alberta, and Fernhill Parks for fun activities, festive music, and food!
Sunday Parkways encourages healthy, active living through a series of free events that opens the city’s largest public space – our streets – to walk, bike, roll, and more around the community. Get outside, get active, and meet your fellow Portlanders.
11 am – 4 pm
Lents Street Fair
Venture to the Lents neighborhood in Southeast Portland for a day of international music and food!
The Lents Street Fair kicks-off with the “Founder’s Day” parade at 12:15 pm, to honor the historical and cultural diversity of the neighborhood.
After the parade, enjoy international and local rock music, taste an array of culinary delights and refreshments, shop local vendors, and view Portland’s animal celebrities, the Belmont Goats.
Street Fairs are a great way to enjoy the sun, meet our neighbors, and support local small businesses.
91st and Foster
12:15 – 8 pm
Have a great weekend!
July 24, 2014
Rediscovering Portland’s locally-owned businesses
Shopping locally is easier than ever!
A great way to see Portland’s unique and vibrant culture, this free and easy-to-use app is the ultimate guide to our city’s diverse, locally-owned business community.
Use the app to discover where to shop in Portland’s colorful Business Districts – like charming Beaumont Village or trendy Nob Hill. Learn fun things to do around the city, and keep up on the latest indie business news.
Local businesses are the backbone of our neighborhoods – and of Portland’s economy. For every dollar spent, 70 cents stays in the community.
Photo courtesy of Neighborhood Notes.
July 23, 2014