Originally Posted by Atomic Glee
Thanks for the tips, everybody. In our planning for this trip this will be very helpful. We might well try to get in contact with some of the folks in the city, if they're open to showing off some projects.
Contact the UDD department at the Portland Development Commission. I would recommend the Central City team, they can put together a tour that highlights the history of the city from the 1960's forward.
The PDC utilizes Tax Increment Financing to help spur catalyst projects in the city. They get some bad press, but really, they are a big player in the local game and help fund development, infrastructure, business retention/ recruitment, as well as micro enterprises through on-the-ground partners. They also have funded mass transit and Transit Orientated developments. They are located in old town/ chinatown.