Cannabis Reinvesting in Communities
For some of Portland's 389 cannabis businesses, grants from the City’s $1.33 million Cannabis Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) helped keep their doors open and bring back employees. For individuals, it meant paying their bills and childcare. Federal prohibition of cannabis means people in the industry are ineligible for federal or state-administered relief for the impacts of COVID-19, vandalism, theft, and wildfires.

At the July 28 City Council session, Council unanimously approved another $456,901 for CERF to help support even more cannabis businesses and employees. These funds come from the 3% retail sales tax on cannabis. Applications for the additional funds will open in late 2022.

Council also approved $1 million in funding for ten Social Equity & Education Development (SEED) Grant recipients. Since 2017, the SEED Grant Fund has awarded more than $4.3 million to more than 40 grant recipients. 
Read more about how the Cannabis Program supports our communities.
Hear from CERF partners and grantees about how CERF has helped them.
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2022 Portland Neighborhood Profiles
Civic Life and Portland State University (PSU) Population Research Center are developing data-rich neighborhood profiles to help the City and our community partners improve outreach, set programmatic priorities, help Portlanders in need, and understand the unique issues in each neighborhood. We need your feedback on these preliminary profiles to helps make them more user-friendly and an develop an interactive mapping tool. 

The feedback period is open until Friday, Sept. 9. 
Learn more and provide your feedback here.
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Don’t Miss Cannabis Empowerment Day!

The City of Portland’s Cannabis Program is leading with equitable, innovative policies and programs to help Portland’s craft cannabis industry thrive. Cannabis Empowerment Day will bring together cannabis industry professionals, community leaders, policy advocates, and the public to celebrate and destigmatize Portland’s extraordinary cannabis community.

Attendees can enjoy a free prize raffle (
register to enter), a free movement session lead by TAE.logic Fitness, delicious free food from Miss’ipi Chef, music and more from our fantastic vendors!

Join us on Friday, August 12, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Chapman Square (across the road from City Hall). Register to get your free ticket here!

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High Heat Exceptions
To support safe conditions for construction workers on high heat days, Civic Life’s Noise Program is temporarily allowing exceptions to normal construction hours. As of August 1, construction activities may begin at 6 a.m., Monday through Saturday, without a noise variance when the temperature is predicted to reach 85 degrees by 3 p.m.

Learn more about the requirements for these exceptions.
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Welcoming Week Kickoff Celebration
Join Civic Life's Immigrants & Refugees Program for the opening ceremony of our second annual Welcoming Week celebration! This free event will have music and dance performances by local artists, delicious food from many different cultures, and speakers and tables from community organizations around Portland.

When: Friday, Sept. 9, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Ventura Park, 460 SE 113th Ave., Portland, OR 97216

Welcoming Week will have many events around Portland from Sept. 9-18. The full schedule of events will be listed here.


Join an Advisory Body!

Joining an advisory body is a way for Portlanders to lend their expertise and personal or professional experience to the City of Portland. As an advisory body member, you will work closely with community members and City of Portland liaisons to impact policies and programs.

Community Involvement Committee - Closes Sunday, August 14
Learn more about member responsibilities and apply here!

Focused Intervention Team Community Oversight Group - Closes Thursday, August 18
Learn more about member responsibilities and apply here!

PBOT Bureau & Budget Advisory Committee - Closes Sunday, August 21
Learn more about member responsibilities and apply here!

Building a Better 82nd Avenue Community Advisory Group - Closes Monday, August 22
Learn more about member responsibilities and apply here!

Portland Street Response Community Advisory Committee - Closes Sunday, August 28
Learn more about member responsibilities and apply here!

Noise Review Board Acoustic Representative - Closes Tuesday, August 30
Learn more about member responsibilities and apply here!

Urban Forestry Commission - Closes Thursday, September 1
Learn more about member responsibilities and apply here!

North/Northeast Oversight Committee - Closes Sunday, September 11
Learn more about member responsibilities and apply here!
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