Portland Focus On Southeast Powell Lands National Recognition

Dated: January 26 2016

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Last week I was in Charlotte, N.C., for a workshop organized by Envision America, a new nonprofit launched by the White House.

Envision America has issued a challenge to America’s cities “to become smarter by accelerating deployment of innovative technologies that tackle energy, water, waste, and air challenges.”

The local project will benefit Southeast Powell Boulevard, which includes the under-renovation Powell Station.Enlarge

The local project will benefit Southeast Powell Boulevard, which includes the… more


Over the past eighteen months, TAO has worked with the city of Portland,Portland State University, Intel and a variety of thought-leaders from the public, private and academic sectors in the region on an Internet of Things-based transportation and air quality project along Southeast Powell in Portland. Through this project and others, our goal is to establish the region as a recognized center of innovation for solving complex challenges facing cities around the world.

This project has been accepted into the Envision America challenge as one of 10 projects from cities across the U.S. At the workshop in Charlotte, project teams from these 10 cities met with leaders from industry and academia to refine projects and explore partnerships. Over the next year, each of the 10 projects will receive on-going technical assistance.

Other cities selected are: Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, San Diego, Milwaukee, Dallas, Cambridge, Mass., Spokane, Wash., New York City and Greenville, S.C.

The Portland project ties into the City’s comprehensive Climate Action Plan, which was the first such plan adopted in the U.S. The Plan calls for an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050. Since the adoption of that plan, other cities have enacted their own.

Notably, among all of the Envision America projects, the Portland project is the only one with an equity component. The bus rapid transit line that will be constructed along southeast Powell passes through some of the most economically and ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the city. In addition to looking at ways to improve personal mobility, the project will look at ways to reduce energy consumption, increase adoption of broadband and wireless technology and improve economic opportunity and quality of life through access to better healthcare and education.


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Mark Ross

For Mark Ross, founder of Ross NW Real Estate and professional real estate broker, real estate has always been the career of choice. During his 30 years in the industry, Mark has gained experience in ....

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