Oregon's higher education system is seriously underfunded. To begin to address this issue, Governor Kitzhaber and the Oregon Legislature passed new legislation to create independent trustee boards at Oregon State University, Portland State University, and University of Oregon. This allows OSU, PSU and UO the autonomy to hire and fire presidents, set tuition and fees, and oversee operations individually, instead of being part of the Oregon Board of Higher Education. President Wim Wiewel of PSU, President Edward Ray of OSU and President Michael Gottfredson of UO will discuss their perspectives on the new board structure, new collaborations, and rebuilding higher education. They will shine a light on their respective schools regarding research, academics, innovation, and work force development potential under a bold reform that could allow competitiveness for funding to push higher education forward.
In 2010 Toya Fick arrived in Portland from Washington, D.C., and started working in government relations for OHSU. Her colleagues encouraged her to join City Club.
Now on City Club’s Board of Governors, Toya says she is so grateful that OHSU recognized the potential value of City Club for her role there. She says that during Friday Forum luncheons, which she attends regularly, she has met high-caliber, diverse civic and business leaders. “Without City Club, I don’t know how I would have interacted with such an amazing group of individuals so soon after arriving in town.”
Because bringing civic-minded people together is what we do. Civic Drinks is a mix of informal conversation, connection and cocktails. It's your opportunity to mingle with local leaders, City Club members, and others involved or interested in civic issues.
January's special guests: This month brings together organizations and agencies that serve those facing homelessness.
Portland is known as a transportation planning hub, yet few people could tell you how it all started. There are two projects that set the stage for the current transportation system: The Mount Hood Highway and The Western Bypass. Both of these projects failed, however these failures gave rise to a focus on light rail, as well as a legal framework for future investment. George Crandall and Sy Adler are two transportation experts who will speak about these topics and their relevance to today’s issues. George Crandall is an accomplished regional planner and was the lead project manager on the Mount Hood Highway. Sy Adler is a professor of urban studies and planning at Portland State University and has extensive knowledge on the Western Bypass project.
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Transportation affects the way we commute, where we live, and how we do business. The regional transportation lecture series will focus on key projects and areas of the city that have had, or will have, a direct impact on the way our city functions and connects.