Two years ago, I launched visionPDX,
a City-supported, community-led initiative to create
a vision for Portland for the next 20 years and
beyond. Since then, thousands of you have shared
your hopes and dreams for our city’s future. From
community centers and places of worship to small
gatherings in homes, we have had deep and rich discussions
on the values we share, the challenges we face and
the decisions our community must make together.
When I commissioned this project, I wanted to ensure
that all Portlanders had an opportunity to participate
in this important discussion – particularly those
who had not previously been asked to sit at the
public policy table.
Since then, I have watched as City Hall filled
with hundreds of immigrants and refugees from all
over the world who took their voices into Council
Chambers to be heard. Our small business community
produced a report with hundreds of ideas to encourage
local economic development. Students involved in
one of our visionPDX grants helped organize and
pass a Bill of Rights for young people. Now there
are youth conducting research on how they can be
better engaged and served in our city.
This vision describes what we want our city to
be in the future, the legacy we want to leave our
children and grandchildren, and what responsibilities
each of us has in solving community problems and
creating an intentional future.
Now, I want to see the vision become a reality.
After adoption, we will launch initial projects
to take action on the vision as quickly as possible.
At the same time we will be building a Vision into
Action Coalition to organize community, government,
business and other partners willing to work collaboratively
on ideas expressed in our vision.
A vision is simply a vision. It takes people to
breathe life and energy into it. Let us work together
to take our community’s vision into the next phase
Mayor, City of Portland
Mayor Tom Potter shakes
hands with visionPDX Co-Chair Marvin Kaiser at an
event for visionPDX grant recipients.