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Portland Plan News: Latino Community Invited to Participate in Portland's Plan - January 28, 2010
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 28, 2010

 

Contact:

Gale Castillo

(503) 807- 0101

 

Joan Frederiksen

(503) 823-3111

Latino Organizations to Host Portland Plan Workshops

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Latino organizations throughout Portland, in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office, will hold several events focused on obtaining input from the Latino community for “The Portland Plan.” The first session will take place Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the World Trade Center in downtown Portland, 121 SW Salmon Street, Mezzanine Level, Rooms 2, 3, 4. The sponsor of this event is Portland General Electric. Additional community workshops conducted in Spanish will be held throughout the city.

 

The Portland Plan will help to define priorities, guide investment of public dollars and set the course for Portland for the next 25 years. The Portland Plan is part of a state-mandated comprehensive plan update and will touch every neighborhood, district and resident as the city grows.
 
“Portland is a great city, but it’s not great for everyone,” said Mayor Sam Adams. “The Latino community has grown since our last plan. Today, more than 9 percent of Portlanders are Latino. Therefore, I invite and urge the Latino community to provide input regarding their future and the future of our city.”
 
Portlanders can weigh in at community workshops such as these, complete a survey online at www.pdxplan.com and participate in the conversation through social media.

 

Many of the challenges facing Portlanders include:

  • Only 61% of Portland’s students graduate on time.
  • Portland’s unemployment rate tops 11%.
  • 70% of the city’s electricity use comes from fossil fuels.
  • It will take $136 million more per year just to maintain the city’s aging infrastructure of bridges, signals, reservoirs, natural areas and civic buildings and maintain regulatory standards.

The Latino organizations presenting these sessions include:

  • The Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber
  • El Hispanic News
  • Latino Network
  • Hacienda Community Development Corporation
  • Miracle Theatre
  • Multnomah County Health Department
  • Verde  

The public is welcome to attend. To RSVP call 503-222-0280, or e-mail: info@hmccoregon.com.
 
Find more information about the Portland Plan visit: www.pdxplan.com.

 

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