- On March 21, 2001 the City Council endorsed the River Renaissance Vision (Resolution 35978) as a call to action for City government, businesses and industry, community organizations, neighborhoods and other agencies to revitalize the river as the centerpiece of Portland. The vision includes five themes: a clean and healthy river; a prosperous working harbor; Portland’s front yard; vibrant waterfront districts and neighborhoods; and partnerships, leadership and education.
- Since the endorsement of the vision, the Directors of Planning, Environmental Services, Parks and Recreation, Office of Sustainable Development, Portland Development Commission, Transportation, Water, and Development Services have met periodically to provide guidance to the River Renaissance Management Team. The Directors and their staff have found these meetings to be productive forums for collaborative problem-solving among bureaus, and they helped bureaus coalesce around shared direction and priorities.
- River Renaissance advances a collaborative problem-solving model that relies on extensive interbureau coordination and cooperation. To ensure the availability of staff and information at strategic times, the bureau directors and their staff agree that development of an interbureau work plan is critical to inform each bureau’s budgeting process.
- The City has a fiscal responsibility to spend money on actions that will yield the greatest benefit. To be accountable, the City needs to monitor its progress toward achieving the River Renaissance Vision and report to the public on it regularly. Through this monitoring and reporting process the City will be better informed and thus better able to make strategic adjustments to its work program.
Most City of Portland offices will be closed Monday, May 30, to observe Memorial Day.