A study of the Pearl District--a remarkable, and still growing, area in Northwest Portland--will be shared with Rotarians at the June 3 meeting of the Pearl Rotary Club.
At the same breakfast meeting, a group of individuals who have invaluably contributed to the growth and livability of the Pearl District will be honored.
Joe Cortright, regional economist, will share his perspective on the Pearl District's economic impact. Cortright owns the Portland-based consulting group, Impresa, Inc., specializing in regional economic analysis. He has served as a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and is currently chair of the Oregon Governor's Council of Economic Advisors.
Cortright will take a closer look at the economic development of the Pearl District as it has grown over the past decade or two, where it stands today and what it may mean for the city and the region as the Pearl moves toward buildout in the next few years.
As Cortright observes in advance of his Pearl Rotary presentation: “As we increasingly shift to a knowledge-based economy, vibrant urban neighborhoods like the Pearl District play a critical role in anchoring talent in place and creating opportunities for the social and economic interactions that drive regional success.”
At the same meeting, Pearl Rotarians will honor their 2014 community service award recipients. Three individuals and one business have been chosen for accolades:
Patricia (Patti) Gardner, president, Pearl District Neighborhood Association--for her significant work to improve the district's livability including public transit and parks development;
Tom Manley, president, Pacific Northwest College of Art--for longstanding leadership in arts and culture and for his lead in planning a major school expansion;
Adele Nofield, president, Pearl District Business Association--for her signature role in founding PDBA and serving as its long-term president;
Powell's Books--for the company's long-term contribution to the success of its neighborhood and for being an economic engine for the Pearl's community development. Michael Powell will receive the award from the club.
The 7:15 a.m. event will mark the second year of Pearl Rotary's community awards. Observed club President Marc Hillman:
"The honorees this year represent significant contributions to the livability of the Pearl District, its business vitality and the area's culture and education achievements. "Each exemplifies Rotary's credo, 'Service Above Self.' The Pearl District is a better place to live, work and study...and for visitors to enjoy, because of their laudable service to the community."
The recognition program is a project of the vocational service committee of Pearl Rotary. The public is invited to attend, but seating is expected to be limited and reservations will be necessary. The $10 fee for breakfast can be paid at the door at Ecotrust's second-floor conference room; reservations can be made with Past President Don Barney, 503.228.1163 (email@example.com).
Friends of the Pearl in Action
Donning their colorful yellow vests, nine Friends of the Pearl volunteers recently went out on their first of regularly scheduled patrols throughout the Pearl District. This patrol focused on the north end of the district, but will be patrolling various areas of the neighborhood on different dates. In addition to the regular patrols, volunteers will also be doing random patrols.
Initiated by Friends of the Pearl, a subcommittee of the Pearl District Neighborhood Association’sLivability and Safety Committee, the group has grown to over twenty volunteers with a number of others in the wings awaiting training. One of the groups initiators and leaders, Patrice Hanson said, “We are thrilled to get this program going and are encouraged by the enthusiasm and dedication of the volunteers. This is one small way in which we can help maintain the quality and livability of our neighborhood.”
Mark Wells, Crime Prevention Coordinator from the City’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI), has led the training and will continue to help train new volunteers. Mr. Wells speaks about various criminal and suspicious activities, reporting procedure and the critical importance of non confrontation as personal safety is paramount. There are currently six Foot Patrols in neighborhoods across the city.
Another safety initiative in the coming months will be the creation of a Neighborhood Watch program.
More detailed information about neighborhood safety can be found on the ONI website www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/cp
Those are over 18 years of age who are interested in participating should email firstname.lastname@example.org
-Reported by Stan Penkin