Portland Plan Fairs start Wednesday, March 2 with strategies for healthy, prosperous Portlanders
Equity, Economic Prosperity & Affordability, Education and Healthy Connected Neighborhoods top the list

Starting March 2, Portlanders have an opportunity to shape the City’s strategies for the future at the upcoming Portland Plan Fairs.

The Portland Plan Fairs will offer residents a range of experiences and opportunities to learn about and comment on three integrated strategies and an Equity Initiative. In addition to breakout discussions for each one, the fairs will feature local food, music, booths, presentations, exotic animals (at the Zoo) and community exhibitors. Mayor Sam Adams will be talking with community members and free childcare will be provided at all locations.

The Portland Plan is a long-range plan for the city’s future, ensuring that Portland is a thriving and sustainable city, with health and opportunity for all. Portlanders say that equity, living wage jobs, student success and a healthy environment are their top concerns. In response to this community input, the Portland Plan combines these priorities with extensive research and national best practices to develop an overarching Equity Initiative and three draft strategies for Portland’s future:

1. Education
2. Economic Prosperity and Affordability
3. Healthy Connected Neighborhoods

At the first fair on Wednesday evening in Southeast Portland, artists from Colored Pencils Art and Culture will be performing throughout the evening, including local favorites Parfait Bassale, a well-known singer and songwriter from Benin (West Africa); singer/songwriter Randa Benaziz from Morocco; Vietnamese Group Singers Vu Tran, Khanh Nguyen and Thai Bui; story tellers from Nepal Anouksha Garner, Kunga Lama; and poet Ronault “Polo” Catalani.

The Portland Plan Fairs
Wednesday, March 2, 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Hosford Middle School, 2303 SE 28th Place
TriMet #4, #10

Sunday, March 6, 12:30 – 3 p.m.
Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Road
TriMet #63, MAX Red + Blue

Thursday, March 10, 6:30 – 9 p.m.
De La Salle North Catholic High School
7528 N Fenwick Avenue
TriMet #4, #6, #75; MAX Yellow
En Espanol, tambien!

Saturday, March 12, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO)
10301 NE Glisan Street
TriMet #15, #19; MAX Green + Blue

Community public engagement is especially critical at this point in the Portland Plan process. After the fairs and follow-up outreach efforts, the draft strategies will be revised based on input from the community, Portland Plan partners and national experts. These revised strategies will be the core of the City’s strategic plan, which will be available for comment and review this summer and will be presented to the Planning and Sustainability Commission this fall.

About the Portland Plan
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 Portland 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. For more information or to fill out a survey please go to: www.pdxplan.com