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.



Little Boxes


Yesterday, Nick was excited to join Senator Jeff Merkley to help kick off Little Boxes' 4th year!


Little Boxes is a wonderful local response to the post-Thanksgiving “Black Friday” shopping tradition.  The Portland-wide shopping extravaganza features the best of our small business community.


Nick celebrated Little Boxes’ 4-year anniversary by touring participating small businesses with the Senator, Venture Portland Executive Director Heather Hoell, and Little Boxes founders, Will Ceravich and Betsy Cross from Betsy and Iya


The tour started in the beautiful St. Johns neighborhood, where 14 small businesses are part of the Little Boxes family! Afterwards, Nick headed over to Northwest and visited many shops, including Hammer and Vine, Manor Fine Wares, Child’s Play and more.


Small businesses are an important part of Portland’s economy.  They bring character and strength to our neighborhoods, create jobs, and drive economic growth.  For every dollar spent at a local small business, 70 cents stays in our community!


The two-day event is from November 28-29.  It’s is a great way to shop local and support your neighborhood small businesses! 

Don’t forget to download the app! The free smart-phone application is your digital passport to all things Little Boxes. 


Visit Little Boxes website for more information!

Photos courtesy of Rachelle Hamac.

November 26, 2014

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November 26, 2014

A pioneer in construction trade

The Portland Water Bureau’s senior inspector, Kate Barrett, has been a pioneer for women in construction trade since the late 1970s.


Kate was the first woman to graduate from the Carpenter’s Apprenticeship Program in Oregon!


She continued breaking glass ceilings by being the first woman carpenter to work for the City of Portland.  Kate later became the first woman inspector and then first woman senior inspector for the Portland Water Bureau!  


Kate has worked hard for the City of Portland for the last 27 years.  As a senior inspector, she ensures that contracting companies provide quality services that meet City standards. 


She experiences great satisfaction when she goes to work and sees many other women working for the Water Bureau and contracting companies. 


Kate is passionate about equity. She co-founded Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. more than a quarter of a century ago.  The organization is dedicated to encouraging and promoting women’s success in trades, through education, leadership, and mentoring. 


Thank you Kate, for your great work and dedication over the last 27 years!


Check out Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc.’s website for more information.

November 25, 2014

The magic of the Holiday Express train

Start off the holiday season with an adventure on board a holiday train!


The Holiday Express is a wonderful vintage steam engine.  It takes passengers on a holiday excursion, along the beautiful Oregon Pacific Railroad.


The family-friendly ride starts at Oaks Park Station, and is about 45 minutes long.  During the ride, Santa and his helpful elves make an appearance and visit passengers!


The Holiday Express is put on by the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation.  The foundation preserves Portland’s historic locomotives and railroad artifacts.  It provides education to the public about Oregon’s railroad history. 


The Holiday Express train rides begin the day after Thanksgiving! Visit the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation’s website for more information. 

Photo courtesy of the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation.

November 24, 2014

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