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Mayor Wheeler Introduces Three Notable Items in City Council This Week
This week’s agenda includes reports on digital equity and historic landmarks.
Portland, OR– Three notable items are coming to City Council this week, as introduced by Mayor Wheeler’s Office. A description of each is below. You can view the entire agenda here.
Item 1046 – Digital Equity Action Plan
This item will approve the two-year Digital Equity Action Plan (DEAP) two-year progress report.
To date, Digital Equity Action Plan activities have been purposeful and far reaching across the County. Digital Equity means having access to affordable high-speed internet, a device to connect and the know-how to navigate in the digital world. Digital inclusion is a moral and economic imperative for the City of Portland. There are still many of our neighbors who do not have the means to access technology. And for these individuals, who often represent some of our most vulnerable populations, it’s important to identify how to reach and best serve them.
This ordinance will authorize a grant application for Bloomberg’s American Cities Climate Challenge for technical assistance and a support package valued at approximately $2 million to support the City of Portland’s progress towards achieving the goals of the Climate Action Plan, which focuses on reducing carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050, and 40 percent by 2030. Reaching these emission reduction goals requires bold vision and aggressive action. The American Cities Climate Challenge provides an opportunity access resources, support and technical assistance to advance key actions in the buildings and transportation sectors.
This item formally accepts a report by the Portland Historic Landmarks Commission, which provides leadership and expertise on maintaining and enhancing Portland’s architectural and cultural heritage. The Commission reviews development proposals for alterations to historic buildings and new construction in historic districts. The Commission also provides advice on historic preservation matters and coordinates historic preservation programs in the City.