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Register your business for 2014's "Little Boxes"

Register your small retail business now to become part of the 4th annual “Little Boxes” shopping event in Portland!


Little Boxes launched in 2011, thanks to betsy & iya store owner Betsy Cross. Betsy wanted a strong, local response to the post-Thanksgiving “Black Friday” shopping tradition. Portland’s city-wide shopping event has grown dramatically, and showcases the best of Portland’s unique and trendy small business community.


The two-day event, from November 28-29, is a great way to shop local, support our neighborhood small businesses, and even win prizes!


Small businesses are the backbone of Portland’s economy.  They bring character and strength our neighborhoods, create jobs, and drive economic growth in our community.  As Council liaison to Venture Portland, Nick is proud to support Little Boxes.  


Visit Little Boxes’ website for information and to register your business!

October 10, 2014

Friday Roundup

October 10, 2014

Breakfast with the Street Roots family


This morning, Nick was proud to be the key note speaker at the Street Roots Family Breakfast.


For 15 years, Street Roots has provided an opportunity for people experiencing homelessness and poverty to gain income, and positively interact with the Portland community.

Street Roots is a powerful catalyst for positive social change. The nonprofit advocates for policy changes, health care, civil rights, social justice, and other important issues for Portlanders experiencing homelessness.


They publish a bi-weekly newspaper, including strong editorials, investigative journalism, poetry, artwork, and more. Street Roots also publishes the “Rose City Resource,” a guidebook for people seeking social services in our community.


By the end of the year, Street Roots plans to begin publishing weekly – more than doubling the number of copies sold!


There are 70 Street Roots vendors in the Portland metropolitan area - selling more than 30,000 newspapers each month. Congratulations to Marlon Crump, the paper’s 2014 Vendor of the Year!


Today’s Breakfast was an inspiring event. It highlighted one of life’s most important values: family. The Street Roots family – and the affordable housing family as a whole – is an essential part of the Portland community.


Check out Street Rootswebsite for more information about the organization. 

October 9, 2014

A District on the Move

Join Nick tonight at OMSI’s Theory Eatery for the Central Eastside Industrial Council’s (CEIC) A District on the Move


A location of innovation and growth, the Central Eastside is home to a plethora of creative businesses, including designers, filmmakers, manufactures, and much more. 


As CEIC’s first invitational business exchange, A District on the Move provides an exciting opportunity for Central Eastside businesses to mix, mingle, and foster relationships among 40 neighborhood companies.


Those businesses significantly contribute to Portland’s blossoming economy. Today, The Oregonian’s Ian Kullgren featured Portland’s economic outlook. Our median income and overall job growth are now outpacing Washington County!


A District on the Move is free and open to the public.  Check out the Central Eastside Industrial Council’s website for more information and registration.  


Theory Eatery in OMSI

October 8, 4 – 7 pm

1945 SE Water Ave.


Portland outpaces Washington County in income, job growth

Ian K. Kullgren in The Oregonian

October 8, 2014

A Portrait in Yarn

Talented local artist Jo Hamilton crochets masterful portraits with yarn.  


Funded by a grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC), A Portrait in Yarn’s objective is to beautifully celebrate the people of Portland whose lives have been intertwined with HIV and AIDS. 


Her subjects are residents, volunteers, and staff of Our House of Portland, a residential AIDS care facility, where she has volunteered for a decade.


Hamilton’s first creation, Dr. ‘Sir’ Steven, delightfully portrays the eight-year resident who passed away from AIDS in 2012. 


One of RACC’s services is providing project grants to local artists.  Their mission is to enrich the greater Portland community with diverse artistic opportunities and the freedom of cultural and personal expression. 


The project is free to view, and up at the Sum Gallery through October 28.  It then moves to several other locations throughout Portland.  For a full list of dates and locations, visit Jo Hamilton’s website.  


Sum Gallery

2821 NE MILK Blvd. 

Photo courtesy of Jo Hamilton.

October 7, 2014

National Manufacturing Day


On Friday, Nick joined David Douglas High School students to celebrate National Manufacturing Day at ADX Portland


Portland is home to many small manufacturing businesses that produce quality products - like bikes, furniture, clothing, jewelry, toys, and more!


ADX Portland focuses on one of Portland’s core values: collaboration. ADX provides a shared space of resources and knowledge for local small manufacturers and designers in Southeast Portland. Their model fosters a creative, talented community, and many of their manufacturers and designers go on to create their own companies. 


Small manufacturing businesses, like those at ADX Portland, support our economy, create jobs, and help our community thrive. 


And as businesses like these grow, we need to build a workforce to match it! Schools like David Douglas are providing their students with training and skills to keep Portland’s manufacturing future alive.


Check out ADX Portland’s website for more information.

October 6, 2014

Empowering women leaders

Yesterday, Nick was pleased to attend the Center for Women’s Leadership’s 8th Annual Luncheon!


The Luncheon honored 4 incredible women in Oregon: Multnomah County Judge Adrienne Nelson, Hispanic Chamber Executive Director Gale Castillo, PICA Executive Director Victoria Frey, and Congresswoman Darlene Hooley. 


The Center, located in PSU’s Hatfield School of Government, educates and empowers women.  High school and college students are inspired to break glass ceilings and pursue leadership roles in their careers, and throughout their lives. 


Through skills training, educational programs, and incredible networking opportunities with top women leaders throughout the state, the Center provides pivotal tools for emerging women leaders.


Learn more about the Center for Women’s Leadership on their website.

October 3, 2014

Friday Roundup

October 3, 2014

Expanding Portland’s green infrastructure

The Portland Expo Center has a new stormwater green wall!


Filled with soil and vegetation native to Oregon, the incredible 30 by 60 foot green wall manages stormwater runoff by absorbing water into the living wall.


Free standing and composed of steel and aluminum, the sustainable structure doesn’t have water pumps. Instead, water flows freely by gravity through different channels. 


“Green” facilities like bioswales and this stormwater wall help manage Portland’s heavy rainfall – and reduce the amount of water that drains into our sewer system. Thanks to Portland’s robust environmental programs and investments in our sewer infrastructure, our local waterways are cleaner and safer for people and fish.


The innovative green wall was funded and built by a team of public and private agencies. The Bureau of Environmental Services was proud to partner with Metro, GreenWorks, and the Expo Center to help bring this wall to life. The partnerships were made easy through a shared vision for environmental advocacy and expanding Portland’s green infrastructure.


Check out the stormwater green wall! It’s located outside the Expo Center’s Hall E.

Stormwater green wall gets a warm welcome at Portland Expo Center

Metro News

Portland Expo Center debuts unique living stormwater green wall

Metro News

Photo courtesy of GreenWorks P.C. Landscape Architecture.

October 2, 2014

Art extravaganza in the Pearl

Take a stroll through the beautiful Pearl District for this month’s First Thursday!


A fantastic art adventure, First Thursday is an arts celebration, with many galleries open to the public.  Enjoy a local restaurants, music, and soak in Portland’s striking, electric, and unique arts culture.   


Initially a gathering among art dealers and collectors, First Thursday has grown over the last twenty years to be a legend, with over 10,000 people attending each month.    


The event serves a great connection for two of Nick’s top priorities – supporting neighborhood small businesses and our flourishing arts and culture community in Portland. 


Join Venture Portland and the Pearl District Business Association Thursday night.  Visit the Pearl’s official website for details. 

October 1, 2014

Regional H2O

The Regional Water Providers Consortium has launched a new website, www.regionalh2o.org, to act as a regional go-to site about water services, water conservation, and more!


The Consortium was formed in 1997, and includes 21 water providers throughout Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties. The City of Portland is proud to be a member of the Consortium, which focuses  on improving the management of municipal water supplies in the greater Portland area. 


With three pivotal programs - emergency preparedness, regional coordination, and water conservation -the Regional Water Providers Consortium is a great resource for Portlanders to learn more about our region’s drinking water, and the water providers who collaboratively manage our regional water system. 


Check out their website to learn more about the Consortium, ways to conserve water, prepare your family in an emergency, and more!

September 30, 2014

Calling artists and art teams

Every autumn, the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) invites artists living in Oregon or Washington to submit proposals for the Installation Art Series in the City’s Portland Building.    


A great opportunity for people of all art backgrounds - from professionals to art students - the Installation Art Series invites artists to question common perspectives through art.


The expressive, creative installations reach broad, diverse audiences on a daily basis.  Over 160 installations have graced that space during the last 20 years.


The Series is sponsored by RACC, and each installation is selected through a juried process.


The next season runs from March 2015 – February 2016, and will include eight installations.  The submission deadline for artwork is Wednesday, November 5, 2014.


A general orientation and information help-session is scheduled for October 15, from 5:30 – 6:30 at RACC’s offices at 411 NW Park Ave, Suite 101.  Contact Keith Lachowicz (klachowicz@racc.org) to reserve your space. Learn more about the Series on RACC’s website


Photo courtesy of RACC.

September 29, 2014

Sunday vigil for Dr. Steven Fritz

September 29, 2014

Celebrating Portland's multiculturalism

Last night, Nick joined friends and colleagues for a great evening at the Center for Intercultural Organizing’s (CIO) Annual Event.


Held in Oak’s Park’s Historic Dance Pavilion, the event celebrated and supported the grassroots, community-based organization. 


CIO is dedicated to protecting and expanding immigrant and refugee rights in the greater Portland area.  With education programs, policy advocacy, leadership development programs, and more, CIO makes positive contributions to Portland’s multicultural community.


Visit CIO’s website for more information. 


Photo courtesy of Jules Garza.

September 26, 2014

Celebrating the life of Dr. Steven Fritz

Join Nick and the Portland community on Sunday to celebrate the life of Commissioner Amanda Fritz's husband, Dr. Steven Fritz.


Beginning Sunday at 5pm at Terry Schrunk Plaza, we will honor his life in quirky Portland style -- to match his wondeful life and his beloved Zebra car.


Commissioner Fritz shared more information about Sunday's event:


Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz has announced plans for events to celebrate the life of her husband, Dr. Steven Fritz, who died suddenly in an automobile accident in Salem, OR on September 24, 2014, while on his way to work at Oregon State Hospital.  He was killed instantly by a pickup crossing the median on I-5 in wet weather, hitting his beloved zebra-painted car.  He had often loaned it to his wife for community parades.  Commissioner Fritz first heard about the crash because passers-by recognized the car and contacted her.


One of Steve’s friends wrote on hearing the news, “If you've ever thought your car was boring, and you'd like to paint it up, say, turn it into a zebra car? Well DO IT, people! And when you die, people will not sit around wondering, "Did she do the things she wanted? Did he express his inner self? Did she tragically ignore her inner weirdness?" They will be horrifically sad, but they will smile every time they think of you, your car, those stripes.” 


“That comment illustrates why people loved and were inspired by Steve,” said Commissioner Fritz.  “He made the most of every day, finding entertainment even in mundane chores like the daily commute.  Our children and I are greatly comforted by the outpouring of support we’ve received.  He touched so many lives, in great and small ways.  We appreciate seeing the recognition that he made a difference in our community – while at the same time having fun.”


Everyone is welcome to attend the public Celebration of Life on Sunday, September 28 at 5p.m. in Terry Schrunk Plaza, SW 3rd and Jefferson.  Participants are encouraged to bring a candle, and to have fun dressing in whatever you feel is appropriate to honor him and/or amuse yourself and others. 


The family suggests donations to honor Dr. Fritz in lieu of flowers and cards be made to:


Doctors beyond Borders


Little Kids Rock


New Oregon Arts & Letters

Send check to New Oregon Arts & Letters, PO Box 2863, Portland, OR 97208

The Salvation Army, Portland Tabernacle Corps or West Women’s Shelter

September 26, 2014

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