Business & Job Growth
The city of Portland’s treasurer submitted a proposal that sought to incorporate principles of socially responsible investing without the needs for a committee, or a ‘do not buy’ list of excluded from potential city investments.
On behalf of the Oregon Business Plan delegation, the Alliance led its annual lobbying trip to Washington, D.C., from April 5 to 7.
The Alliance generated 346 public comments in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup plan before the public comment period closed on Sept. 6.
There are 36 days left to comment on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup plan.
On June 8, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a proposed $758 million plan to clean up the Portland Harbor Superfund, kicking off a 60 day public comment period.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to release its proposed cleanup plan for the Portland Harbor Superfund site on May 26.
The Alliance has been tracking the comprehensive plan and economic opportunities analysis over the last three years and continues to provide input at strategic points throughout the process.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is proposing a number of street closures around Pioneer Courthouse Square for the World Indoor Track and Field Championships in March of 2016. The Alliance expressed concern about potential business impact as a result of the street closures.
As part of the state-mandated comprehensive plan, the city of Portland is required to complete an economic opportunity analysis (EOA) that evaluates employment land needs by sector and land use categories.
The Alliance urged Portland City Council to reconsider its ‘Ban the Box’ ordinance, which was unanimously approved by Council on Nov. 25.
The Alliance is urging Senator Jeff Merkley and Senator Ron Wyden to support revisions to the PATENT Act, which aims to decrease unnecessary patent litigation and provide businesses needed protection.
The Alliance submitted its comments on the Employment Zoning Project, which will modify the city’s zoning code to maintain industrial land capacity needed to meet expected growth in the Portland Harbor, Columbia Corridor, Central Eastside Industrial Area and dispersed employment areas in the city of Portland.
The city of Portland convened a Noise Code Task Force to look at the possibility of greater regulatory authority around construction equipment as it pertains to the noise code and noise code regulations in employment “EX” zones.
After the Alliance voiced its concerns, Mayor Charlie Hales said he has no plans to bring a separate Portland “Ban the Box” ordinance to city council.
The Alliance testified in support of the Central City 2035: SE Quadrant Plan before Portland City Council.
The Alliance is urging Mayor Charlie Hales and members of Portland City Council to suspend the Ban the Box discussion to allow time to evaluate the effectiveness of the state’s Ban the Box legislation once it’s implemented.