Adams rejects biz study


Mayor Sam Adams rejected a $14,000 study by Portland’s ECONorthwest on behalf of Portland Development Commission officials.

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Mayor Sam Adams rejected a $14,000 study by Portland’s ECONorthwest on behalf of Portland Development Commission officials.

The Mayor called the findings unimaginative and incomplete.

“While we at the city and PDC have great respect for ECONorthwest as an organization and for the quality of work and analysis the firm produces, we do not believe the deliverable presented to PDC captures the intent of what was requested or the creativity and comprehensiveness of what was expected,” Adams wrote in a letter to ECONorthwest that WW obtained in a public records request.

Compared with seven other similar cities in the West—Seattle, San Jose, Boise, Las Vegas, Denver, Hillsboro and Vancouver, Wash.—Portland is neither the best nor the worst in several categories.

Yet PDC has no intention of not paying the $14,000 to ECONorthwest, even though the agency is setting aside the consultants’ initial findings. Shawn Uhlman, a spokesman for PDC, says PDC officials will take the study in-house.

Read more at Willamette Week.

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