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VIDEO: Election Q&A: Portland Commissioner No. 2

On April 29, we hosted a two-part discussion with candidates running for Portland's City Council, Commissioner Number 2 in the May 19 primary election.

Regional Economic Toolkit combines economic research, public opinion and policy roadmap

This first edition of our greater Portland Regional Economic Toolkit represents hours of transparent process and collaboration by our members, as well as trusted research by regional experts on public opinion with DHM Research and economic data analysis by ECONorthwest.

Advocating for our region at the national level

Washington, D.C. fly-in, infrastructure plans and the latest on trade

2020 Member-Driven Policy Agenda

This policy agenda represents a six-month transparent and member-led process that included more than 150 hours of committee meetings and engagement by members of the Portland Business Alliance, community advocates, nonprofit leaders and government officials

Help shape the policy agenda for the Portland business community

Announcing new policy committees and member-driven policy agenda process.

Report takes deep look at East County economy

Annual Economic Check-up finds disparities in jobs, housing, work-life balance compared to the rest of the region.

New poll finds top concerns for Portland region voters

Homelessness, housing affordability and congestion remain top concerns; Shift in views on city governance and climate change

Central City in Motion approved

Historic investments in safety, bus and bike lanes

Survey results demonstrate traffic and congestion are top of mind for Portlanders

Traffic and congestion are a top concern for Portland residents. Fully 56 percent say congestion is the biggest problem getting from one place to another in the city, followed by another 11 percent who say the biggest problem is uncertainty about how long it will take to get someplace by car. Combined, fully two-in-three (67 percent) offered a congestion/traffic-related response.

Congestion tops list of traffic problems in Portland

In partnership with TriMet, the Portland Business Alliance commissioned a survey to get a sense of how Portlanders feel about our transportation system.v

2017 legislative wrap up

The 2017 legislative session adjourned sine die on Friday, July 7, 2017. The session began with two major issues to tackle: addressing the state’s $1.6 billion budget deficit and passing a transportation package. With higher-than-expected revenues in the May revenue forecast, the number on which the budget is based, the deficit decreased to $1.4 billion. Though there were exceptions, for most of the session both chambers were reluctant to move controversial bills that could make bipartisan efforts related to the big issues more difficult.

A look at the 2017 legislative session

The 2017 legislative session adjourned on Friday, July 7, 2017. The session began in February with two major issues facing lawmakers: Addressing the state’s budget deficit of $1.6 billion (later revised to $1.4 billion after a better-than-expected May revenue forecast), and passing a comprehensive transportation package.

Transportation package updates and workplace regulations

After last-minute negotiations, the Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation and Modernization is set to release an updated transportation package that appears likely to move forward.

Alliance responds to proposed transportation system development charges

The Alliance recommended the city of Portland first conduct a holistic review of the various SDC’s that are levied by different city bureaus to gain a better understanding of their cumulative impact on development.

Transportation package, workplace related legislation

The potential framework includes $5.09 billion in new revenues from increased gas taxes as well as title and registration fees for the Highway Trust Fund.

How exactly is "Better Naito" better?

The Alliance sent a letter to Portland City Council urging reconsideration of the "Better Naito" project, particularly given the significant number of construction projects in the central city this year that are impacting travel

Alliance raises concerns over transportation project list

The Alliance sent a letter to Commissioner Dan Saltzman expressing strong concern over the strong priority given to active transportation projects for the city of Portland’s transportation system development charge revenues that are required to be used for increasing capacity.

Metro and TriMet continue plan for Bus Rapid Transit line

Metro and TriMet are continuing to plan for a new bus rapid transit (BRT) line that would connect downtown Portland with Gresham, running along Division Street.

PBOT proposes two-step Transportation Demand Management program

A two-step transportation demand management (TDM) program is being proposed by the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) as a part of the Central City 2035 Plan and Mixed-Use Zones Project.

Alliance encourages investment in regionally significant transportation projects

The Alliance has been working with partners to encourage the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation (JPACT) to allocate funding for project development on significant transportation bottlenecks in the region.

Alliance supports city of Portland gas tax

The Alliance expressed its support for the city of Portland’s four-year, 10-cent local gas tax that has been referred to voters for the May 2016 election.

Alliance expresses concern over possible elimination of PDX's direct flight to Asia

The Alliance signed on to a letter with Presidents of Oregon’s four major business associations to express concern over possible discussions between the U.S. Government and the Government of Japan that would result in the elimination of Oregon’s only direct flight to Asia.

Alliance offers conditional support of Portland's gas tax proposal

The Alliance offered its conditional support for Commissioner Steve Novick’s proposed gas tax. The proposal is a four-year, 10-cent-a-gallon local gas tax to raise approximately $16 million per year in additional revenue for street maintenance and safety projects.

Alliance weighs in on street closures for World Indoor Track and Field Championships

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.

Alliance urges city of Portland to adopt private-for-hire final recommendations

The city of Portland’s Private-For-Hire Innovation Task Force, which included a representative of the Alliance, submitted its final recommended regulations for transportation network companies (TNC), such as Lyft and Uber.

Alliance weighs in on latest street funding concept

Responding to a question from Portland Commissioner Steve Novick, the Alliance communicated its position on using a municipal gas tax to fund the maintenance backlog on the city’s road network.



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economic reports

As part of the Value of Jobs Coalition, the Alliance has a vision for the Portland region: To create a prosperous, healthy community with a good quality of life for everyone. This starts with more private-sector jobs. A series of reports by the coalition shows why family-wage, private-sector job creation must be a regional priority.
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