City of Portland Dashboard

Rapid regional growth can help create a strong Portland-metro with economic prosperity available to everyone. How well are Mayor Ted Wheeler and Portland City Council working with the private sector and regional leaders to achieve these goals?

This dashboard tracks and measures the city’s progress on decisions and outcomes against the following economic priorities.

 
Accountability
Jobs
Homelessness
Housing
Transportation

Goals

  • Improve permitting efficiency
  • Ensure bureau performance audits
  • Prioritize budget for core services

Monthly Progress

YELLOW
Some progress or mixed results

Annual Progress

YELLOW
Some progress or mixed results

Actions

  • City of Portland Charter changes were referred to the voters that will provide more independence for the City Auditor in order to improve transparency and accountability.
  • The city's investment policy was amended to disallow investment in corporate securities, which negatively impacts investment returns and potential city revenues.

Metrics

2016 baseline data:
 
  • 72 percent of residential plans reviewed by all bureaus within scheduled end dates
  • 57 percent of commercial plans reviewed by all bureaus within scheduled end dates
  • 42 percent of application completeness reviews completed on Type II Land Use Applications within 14 days of application intake
  • 77 percent of Commercial Permit First Reviews (new construction) complete within 20 days of application intake
  • 78 percent of audit report recommendations implemented or in progress
  • 40 percent of residents rate city government good/very good in providing services (Community survey)

Goals

  • Retain and grow private-sector jobs
  • Increase median household income
  • Grow incomes for communities that lag
  • No new workplace regulations

Monthly Progress

YELLOW
Some progress or mixed results

Annual Progress

YELLOW
Some progress or mixed results

Actions

  • A stakeholder group was created but has not yet convened to help plan the future for the post office site downtown, which provides the potential for hundreds of new jobs and recruitment of significant new businesses.

Metrics

2016 baseline data:

 
  • 63 percent of households at or above self-sufficiency
  • 4,570 commercial building permits issued
  • 33,700 new jobs added in the Portland-metro area
  • 5.9 percent growth in Portland-metro's median household income
  • Median household income is $60,082 in Portland, lower than MSA.
  • General unemployment rate is 5 percent as of December 2016 (BLS)
  • $49,008 - income per resident, 97 percent of the national average (Financial condition report)
  • 53 percent of residents rate Portland as a good/very good place to do business (Community survey)

Goals

  • Increase indoor shelter beds and access to services
  • Increase placement into permanent housing
  • Reduce outdoor camping and livability issues

Monthly Progress

YELLOW
Some progress or mixed results

Annual Progress

YELLOW
Some progress or mixed results

Actions

  • During the severe winter weather in January of 2017, the city of Portland opened the Portland Building as a warming shelter for homeless individuals for the first time.
  • The city/county joint office on homelessness in April of 2017 opened a new temporary shelter in the former Sheifler Furniture building, using a public/private partnership, for 100 men, women and couples.
  • Right 2 Dream Too, an illegal camp, will move from its location in Old Town/Chinatown to a location near the Steel Bridge in northeast Portland.

Metrics

2016 baseline data:
 
  • 3,801 homeless individuals (1,887 unsheltered)
  • 4,049 homeless individuals placed in permanent housing
  • 5,219 individuals prevented from becoming homeless
  • 1,189 year-round shelter beds available, plus 125 temporary shelter beds and 265 severe weather beds
  • 74 percent retention rate at 12 months for households placed in permanent housing

Goals

  • Increase supply for all income levels
  • Reduce development costs
  • Reduce zoning barriers

Monthly Progress

YELLOW
Some progress or mixed results

Annual Progress

YELLOW
Some progress or mixed results

Actions

  • A stakeholder oversight committee has been formed to direct investments from the $258 million voter approved affordable housing bond.
  • New regulations that require landlords to pay tenant relocation costs for rent increases over 10 percent or no cause evictions potentially undermines increasing housing supply, which is ultimately the solution to housing affordability.

Metrics

2016 baseline data:
 
  • 362 new affordable housing units completed
  • 7,703 residential building permits issued
  • 37 percent of new housing units in the four-county region are within the city of Portland
  • Average monthly cost of a one-bedroom apartment in Portland is $1,280 (VOJ)

Goals

  • Protect portal capacity into downtown
  • Mitigate congestion bottlenecks and preserve capacity
  • Expand road maintenance and paving

Monthly Progress

YELLOW
Some progress or mixed results

Annual Progress

YELLOW
Some progress or mixed results

Actions

  • In March of 2017, a "patch-a-thon" was launched, putting 12 to 15 crews focused on repairing potholes on a daily basis, up from the usual 3 crews.
  • Capacity on SW Naito Parkway was diminished, negatively impacting congestion and mobility, due to the removal of a vehicle travel lane to widen the existing bike lane.

Metrics

2016 baseline data:
 
  • 53 percent of "busy" (collector/arterial) streets in fair or better condition
  • 40 percent of local streets in fair or better condition
  • 12th: Ranking of delay per peak auto commuter (2015 TTI Report)
  • 78 percent of residents report on-peak congestion as bad/very bad (community survey)

Legend

RED
No progress or movement in the wrong direction
YELLOW
Some progress or mixed results
GREEN
Good progress has been made

Get Email Updates