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White House delegation pays visit to The Round


All-day forum to focus on projects, grant possibilities

by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Both federal and Oregon state officials will gather at the South Office Building at The Round at Beaverton Central to discuss city-based development and sustainability programs. The building is slated to be the new Beaverton City Hall by the end of this year.Making Beaverton the first stop on a tour of 100 U.S. cities, White House officials will visit The Round at Beaverton Central on Thursday to discuss funding opportunities for the city’s key initiatives such as improving Canyon Road aesthetics, restoring creeks and creating a multi-million dollar community health facility.

The all-day Revitalization Roundtable at the South Office Building, 12725 S.W. Millikan Way, will include Jay Williams, White House deputy director for intergovernmental affairs, Mathy Stanislaus, the Environmental Protection Agency’s assistant administrator, Oregon’s First Lady Cylvia Hayes as well as others from Gov. John Kitzhaber’s office. Senior officials from several federal and state agencies, Oregon congressional offices, and local and regional leaders will also be on hand to share information and ideas.

The location is symbolic as it is slated to be the new Beaverton City Hall, with government offices expected to relocate in the South Office Building sometime in the next year.

Mayor Denny Doyle is looking forward to greeting the delegation and exploring ways to further strengthen the relationship between the city and federal officials.

“There is funding and technical assistance available to help cities like Beaverton, and we’re aggressively working to secure those dollars,” he said. “This meeting puts our highest priority projects in front of key federal funders.”

Today’s roundtable brings federal and state agencies together to explore assistance opportunities for the following:

  • The Beaverton Creekside District: Designed to enhance the city’s downtown creeks, improve transportation and infrastructure at The Round, support the district’s businesses and drive public investment.

  • The Beaverton Enterprise Zone: Designed to encourage manufacturing, technology and commercial expansion and investment.

  • The Beaverton Community Health Center: Designed to build a health care facility to support Beaverton’s most vulnerable residents. Gov. Kitzhaber designated the plan an “Oregon Solutions Project” under the title of the Beaverton Community Health Collaborative.

  • Beaverton Clean Energy: Designed to expand green buildings, improve energy efficiency, and support renewable energy technologies through federal, state and private sector support.
  • Several high-profile successes in the city have caught the attention of federal agencies, said city spokesman Bill LaMarche. Last year, the city won national sustainability awards including the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Smarter City energy leader award, the U.S. Conference of Mayors 2012 Mayors’ Climate Protection award, and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Communities award.

    Recent successes city officials plan to bring to light on Thursday include:

  • The city’s investment in green infrastructure such as the Central Plant heating at The Round, solar power and energy-reducing technologies;

  • Development of what city officials say is a nationally recognized “Civic Plan,” based on “Smart Growth” principles;

  • The city’s newly formed Enterprise Zone, providing property tax abatement for businesses making new investments;

  • A $1.6 million Centers for Disease Control grant to help launch the Beaverton Community Health Collaborative; and

  • A $1 million Sustainable Communities Challenge grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to develop affordable housing.
  • “We’ve achieved so much,” Doyle said. “But there’s still more work to do.”

    For more information, contact Cindy Dolezel, the city’s sustainability manager, at 503-526-2545 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..