Last Minute and Local Gift Ideas

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Downtown Portland makes it easy for you to find gifts for the last minute, or for that person who just has everything.Pioneer Place will be open 9 am – 9 pm December 22 & 23 and 8 am – 5 pm Christmas Eve. Don’t miss the special Kitson street level location with the hippest novelties, gifts and clothing for babies, kids and adults as well as Eastside Distilling’s holiday cart. When showering ...   More
Monday, December 22, 2014 Portland Business Alliance

Bring the family downtown this weekend for free fun events


Come down to Portland’s living room, a.k.a. Pioneer Courthouse Square all through the month of December for holiday music fun. The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition will bring caroling groups of all ages to the heart of downtown. This free caroling competition will be held on Friday, December 12, from 5:30 – 7:30pm and prizes will be awarded to the top caroling groups.On Saturday, December ...   More
Thursday, December 11, 2014 Portland Business Alliance

New Poll Says Portlanders Want to Vote on the Street Fee

Hales' spokesman: "We could have saved them a whole lot of money and told them that."


A poll coordinated by the Portland Business Alliance shows 77 percent of Portlanders want to vote on the street fee.Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick have fiercely opposed sending their $46 million proposal to voters, saying the public supports funding road repairs but can't agree on what kind of tax to pay. The PBA and petroleum lobbyist Paul Romain have both said they are likely ...   More
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 AARON MESH

Portland Celebrates National Ugly Sweater Day


Mark your calendar for National Ugly Sweater Day on Friday, December 19. Then put on your best ugly holiday apparel and head downtown for holiday shopping fun. Perhaps you'll catch a glimpse of some monumental attire. Otters in stripes? Check. Deer with beanies? Check. Beavers with candy canes and tail-warming sweaters? Check and check.In the Pioneer District on Southwest Yamhill and Morrison streets ...   More
Thursday, December 18, 2014 Portland Business Alliance

Eat, Drink, Be Merry – And Park for Free

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The 19th annual Holiday Ale Festival, returns to Pioneer Courthouse Square Wednesday, December 3, through Sunday, December 7, featuring more than four-dozen big, bold ales to fend off the cold chill of a long winter night. Attendees stay warm and dry under clear-topped tents that cover the venue, while gas heaters create a cozy ambiance beneath the boughs of the region's largest decorated tree. In ...   More
Thursday, December 4, 2014 Portland Business Alliance

“Ugly Sweater” Artists Hit Portland Icons

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Downtown Portland is dressed up for the holidays —are you?  Come do your holiday shopping downtown and enjoy some monumental attire around Pioneer Courthouse Square. Otters in stripes? Check. Deer with beanies? Check. Beavers with candy canes and tail-warming sweaters? Check and check. Beginning Thursday, November 13, some of downtown’s most iconic sculptures will don their holiday finery ...   More
Thursday, November 13, 2014 Portland Business Alliance

Steve Novick Scraps with Portland Business Alliance Over Who Pays for Downtown Tourism Ads


A representative of the Portland Business Alliance has refused to sign off on City Commissioner Steve Novick's proposed budget for the Portland Bureau of Transportation—usually a formality in the city budget process.What's the hangup? Novick wants to end a deal where PBOT pays for downtown marketing campaigns in exchange for higher rates on downtown parking meters. Bernie Bottomly, the PBA's representative ...   More
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 AARON MESH

Port of Portland Rallying Support For CRC Hearing


Port of Portland lobbyist Annette Price convened a meeting of leading business lobbyists yesterday to plan strategy ahead of a Jan. 14 legislative hearing on the proposed Oregon-only Columbia River Crossing project. The Legislature's approval for the project has expired, and Gov. John Kitzhaber is hoping lawmakers will revive the CRC in the upcoming February legislative session.Price's email lays out ...   More
Thursday, January 9, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Amanda Fritz and Mary Nolan Weigh In on CRC


Many special interest groups routinely ask city candidates to fill out questionnaires as part of their endorsement process, but the Portland Business Alliance is among the most detailed. Some of the group's questions force candidates to answer direct and sometimes difficult questions. Here are the responses incumbent City Commissioner Amanda Fritz and her challenger, State Rep. Mary Nolan (D-Portland) ...   More
Friday, September 7, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Metro À Go-Go

Metro Council President Tom Hughes’ job has allowed him to see the world.

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At the rate he’s going, Metro Council President Tom Hughes will need to add new pages to his passport faster than you can say “Oregon-Japan Friendship Week.” Since taking office in Janua   More
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 FIONA NOONAN


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