Portland 2006

107 Chamber members, community leaders and regional elected officials visited Portland in search of best practices and lessons learned on key issues facing Central Texas. We learned that Portland has achieved their success in many innovative ways, many of which may not be applicable in Central Texas, but may serve as an inspiration to think outside the box in solving our own challenges.


Welcome to Portland — Community Facts

  • Roger Mitchell 2007 Chairman, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce
  • Congressman Earl Blumenauer
  • Mayor Tom Potter, City of Portland

Regional Government's Role in Community Planning

  • Brian Newman, Metro Councilor

Tri-Met, Meeting the Transit Needs

  • Fred Hansen, General Manager, Tri-Met

The Other Side of the Story: Is Rail the Best Use of Transit Dollars

Streetcars: The Final Link

  • Rick Gustafson, COO, Portland Streetcar Inc


Pearl District

South Waterfront: Building 21st Century Communities

  • Green Dennis Wilde, Senior Project Manager, Gerding/Edlen Development

Tools for Development, Portland Style

Growing Retail Downtown

Green Infrastructure: Integrating the Built and Natural Environments

The Role of the Private Sector in Affordable Housing

  • Ed McNamara, Principal, Turtle Island Development

Art's Important Role in Portland

Regional Funding for the Arts Eloise Damrosch, Executive Director, Regional Arts & Culture Council

  • Sam Adams, Commissioner, City of Portland

Private Support of the Arts

Portland Center Stage: The Armory

  • Edith Love, Managing Director
  • Chris Coleman, Artistic Director

21st Century Libraries


Building 21st Century Public Schools

Serving Portland's Post Secondary Needs — Portland Community College

  • Randy McEwen, VP of Administrative Services - Presentation
  • Linda Huddle, Director of Alternative Programs/PCC Prep - Presentation

Downloadable Documents

Other Trips