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The Task Force will focus on Central City's economic future, first meeting today
Salem, OR—Today, Governor Tina Kotek and Dan McMillan announced the list of Portland leaders who will join them on the Portland Central City Task Force (PCCTF), a convening of local elected, business, and community leaders working to tackle issues impacting the economic future of Portland’s Central City.

The charge of the Task Force is to articulate a compelling vision for Central City Portland’s economic future and develop an action plan that will advance Portland’s role as an economic engine for the state by serving as a great place for business, residence, education, arts, entertainment, and shopping. The PCCTF is slated to present recommendations at the Oregon Business Plan Leadership Summit in December.

Portland Central City Task Force Members:

Governor Tina Kotek, State of Oregon, Co-Chair
Dan McMillan, CEO, The Standard, Co-Chair
Senator Ron Wyden, US Senate
Congressman Earl Blumenauer, U.S. Congressional District 3
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, U.S. Congressional District 1
Representative Janelle Bynum, Oregon House District 39
Representative Rob Nosse, Oregon House District 42
Representative Tawna Sanchez, Oregon House District 43
President Lynn Peterson, Metro
Chair Jessica Vega Pederson, Multnomah County
District Attorney Mike Schmidt, Multnomah County
Mayor Ted Wheeler, City of Portland
Oscar Arana, Native American Youth and Family Services
Candace Avalos, Verde
Kimberly Branam, Prosper Portland
Jessie Burke, Society Hotel in Old Town
Kimberly Cooper, Fortuna Group
Kathryn Correia, Legacy Health
Graciela Cowger, Schwabe
Patrick Criteser, Tillamook County Creamery Association
Ann Cudd, Portland State University
Nicole Davison León, Hispanic Metro Chamber
Stacey Dodson, US Bank
Brian Ferriso, Portland Art Museum
Ernesto Fonseca, Hacienda CDC
Robert Gootee, Moda Health
Erin Graham, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Stephen Green, Business for a Better Portland
Dewayne Hankins, Portland Trail Blazers
Nkenge Harmon Johnson, The Urban League
Andrew Hoan, Portland Metro Chamber
Duncan Hwang, Metro Council, and Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon
Renée J. James, Ampere Computing
Cobi Lewis, Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon
Nolan Lienhart, ZGF Architects
Jim Mark, Melvin Mark
Jan Mason, Mackenzie, Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Oregon and Greater Portland Economic Development District, Chair
Jeff Miller, Travel Portland
Andy Mendenhall, Central City Concern
Lance Randall, Black Business Association of Oregon
Curtis Robinhold, Port of Portland
Lisa Schroeder, Mother’s Bistro
Alando Simpson, City of Roses Disposal & Recycling
Vanessa Sturgeon, TMT Development
Michelle Weisenbach, Wells Fargo Commercial Banking, Greater Portland Inc Chair
Charles Wilhoite, Willamette Management

Additional leaders and subject matter experts will be invited to join Committees that will meet regularly to develop recommendations to the full Task Force. The Committees will focus on: Central City’s value proposition; community safety; livable neighborhoods, housing and homelessness; and taxes for services.

The PCCTF will convene today, August 22. The Governor and Co-Chair Dan McMillan will be available for questions from the press following the meeting.


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