The Portland Plan - Inspiring Community Series Kicks Off December 1, 2010 - November 30, 2010
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For immediate release
November 30, 2010


Eden Dabbs
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability


Marty Stockton
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Portland welcomes national experts on urban livability

What makes a good city tick? How are other parts of the country dealing with the challenges of our time? Find out during the Portland Plan - Inspiring Communities Series, featuring six experts on urban livability during the months of December and January. The series opens on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, with Dr. Robert Ogilvie from Public Health Law and Policy in Oakland, Calif.
Presented by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, City Club of Portland and Portland State University, the Portland Plan - Inspiring Communities Series offers collaborative approaches to city policy-making and planning from national experts and local panelists. The series will highlight how other cities are tackling economic development, community health, education and equity, as well as lessons on how to create complete communities and make the most of our natural systems. The Portland Plan - Inspiring Communities Series can help us think critically about the next steps we should take as a community to become more sustainable, equitable and economically secure.
Each event will begin at 7 p.m. with an introduction from Mayor Adams, followed by the keynote address, a discussion with local panelists and questions from the audience. Admission is free. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Each event will be broadcast live on Channel 30 and streamed live on PDXPlan.com.


The Portland Plan will be a 25-year strategic plan for the City, and the direction it sets will touch every neighborhood, district and resident of the city as it grows. The plan will help to define priorities, guide investment of public dollars and set the course for Portland for the next quarter of a century.
Keynote speakers for the series were chosen for their forward-thinking ideas and innovative work in the fields of education, economic development, equitable communities, environmental design and public health. The series concludes on Jan. 17, 2011.
"This is an impressive line up of speakers, and each one of them will help us think about the future of the city with a fresh perspective and new ideas," said Mayor Sam Adams, who will launch Phase Three of the Portland Plan in March 2011. "Even as cities around the world learn from Portland and our leadership on sustainability, Portland stands to learn smart lessons from national experts like Judith Bell, President of PolicyLink, who will speak on how to better serve our city's poorest children with better education, health and social services."
Additional sponsors for the series include the Bureau of Environmental Services, Portland Parks & Recreation, Oregon Public Health Institute, The Standard, IBM, Kaiser Permanente, Multnomah County Health Department and Portland Business Alliance.
The Portland Plan team will make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities. Please notify us no fewer than five (5) business days prior to the event by phone at 503-823-7700, by the TTY line at 503-823-6868, or by the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

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