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Code Change Update

Proposed date for multi-bureau resolution vote has been postponed.

City Council will not vote on the multi-bureau resolution on January 30th as previously scheduled. The Council is working on finding another date and we will let you know as soon as it has been scheduled.

While the Council Clerk is no longer accepting written testimony, if you have additional thoughts you would like to share, please send an email to Commissioner Eudaly’s office.
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MYC Grant Opportunity

Youth groups, clubs, and organizations are eligible to receive up to $1,000 for projects addressing violence.

The Multnomah Youth Commission, the official youth body for the City of Portland and Multnomah County, is partnering with the Oregon Community Foundation to award five grants, up to $1000 each, for youth in Multnomah County to develop a youth-led project that addresses violence in their community. This is a unique opportunity for youth in schools, after-school programs, and within organizations to put together a project proposal around an issue of violence that directly impacts them. Applications are due Friday, February 7 by 11:59pm. Find out more about the requirements and how to apply here.

Popular Annual Finance Report

A snapshot of the City's fiscal operations.

The Popular Annual Financial Report is a summary of the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, which contains information about the budget process, revenues, expenses, debt, capital assets, and more. This summary report is purposefully written in an easy-to-read manner in an effort to increase community awareness about the City’s financial operations. 

The report in English can be found here.

The report in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Russian is available here.

From the Archives

Uncovering historical photographs of civic engagement.

Did you know that the City of Portland has an online archive database filled with reports and studies, maps and plans, and nearly 750,000 photographic images of City projects? It is a great resource and a treasure trove for Portland history buffs! In the coming months, Civic Life will highlight some photos we unearthed from the archive demonstrating Portland's history of civic engagement. 

A little background on the above photo: An adult works with children to clear an empty lot at 3732 & 3738 N. Kerby during an Albina Neighborhood Improvement Project (ANIP) event on September 30, 1963. The ANIP formed in 1960 to address the city's lack of investment in their neighborhood and the urban renewal projects that were destroying hundreds of homes and business in this northeast community. ANIP organized community members to help rehab more than 300 homes and coordinated neighborhood projects such as community clean-ups, tree plantings, youth programs, social gatherings, and regular council meetings. The ANIC also successfully lobbied the city for infrastructure improvements such as new streetlights, more parks, as well as repairs to sidewalks, alleyways and streets. Here is a great piece about ANIP's tree planting efforts originally published by the Parks Department in 2017.
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Civic Life is Hiring!

We are seeking a creative thinker who is passionate about amplifying the voices of communities.

As the bureau's first Strategic Communications Officer, this position will serve a key role in supporting civic engagement and increasing civic participation in our city, as well as shaping relationships with existing bureau partners and other civic organizations. Read more about the job and the application process here.
Online Events Calendar
Visit our online calendar to find information regarding community and neighborhood events. 

If you have an event you would like to be considered for the calendar or if you have an image you would like to share of a recent event, please contact us at

Visit Civic Life calendar here.
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Bureau Advisory Committee

BAC supports Civic Life by providing the bureau director guidance on the effective use of Civic Life resources as it relates to its overall strategic aim and racial equity plan. The next two BAC public meetings are:

January 22, 5:30pm* 
March 18, 5:30pm*

*NEW LOCATION for the meetings: Kelly Penumbra Building, 4747 E Burnside

You can find the meeting calendar here.
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