Best Practices Trips

Trip to England & Scotland October 1-10, 2019

Portland-region leaders from business, government and non-profit sectors traveled to England and Scotland in October 2019 to explore the way cities and urban regions—in various stages of economic development and transition—are addressing issues common to the Portland.


Trip to San Francisco Bay Area April 28-May 1, 2019

For more than 100 years, the San Francisco Bay Area has been defined as the nine counties that surround greater San Francisco Bay. People living in the Bay Area, however, have not always acted as though they lived in a
single region.

Trip to Colombia October 2 – 10, 2018

Bogotá is Colombia’s sprawling, high-altitude capital. La Candelaria, its cobblestoned center, features colonial-era landmarks like the neoclassical performance hall Teatro Colón and the 17th-century Iglesia de San Francisco. It’s also home to popular museums including the Museo Botero, showcasing Fernando Botero’s art, and the Museo del Oro, displaying pre-Columbian gold pieces.

Trip to Brooklyn October 1-4, 2017

Elements of Brooklyn’s revival – lower crime rates, public planning and investment, extensive existing transit system, existing housing stock proximity to the jobs and wealth of Manhattan – are unique to the area, but familiar variations on stories of urban revival in many other cities including Portland.

Trip to Japan February, 2017

The 2011 Tōhoku earthquake off the Pacific coast of Japan was a magnitude 9.0–9.1 (Mw) undersea megathrust earthquake at 14:46 JST on Friday 11 March 2011.

Trip to Denver April 28, 2016

Denver in the 80s was a one industry town. This was their downfall. They were based on oil and gas. They will never do that again because without economic diversity they had nothing to fall back on when the industry tanked with the economy.