Submitted by: James Alexander
First Stop Portland Staffer
Last week with First Stop Portland, I had the pleasure of hosting a group of urban and regional planners from the municipality of Upplands Väsby, Sweden. They travelled to Portland to learn more about our best practices in building neighborhood greenways and bikeways as well as exploring how Portland has transformed social, economic, and ecologic strategies through an urban design framework.
We started our morning touring the North American headquarters for Airbnb, one of the more recent additions to Portland’s "Flat White Economy-- that creative, internet-driven new wing of the economy." Airbnb recently expanded to Portland from the Bay Area and now occupies three floors of the historic Blagen Building in Old Town with over 200 employees. Their creative, open floor plan incorporates actual replicas of Airbnb listings throughout their offices.
|Meeting room at Airbnb HQ in Old Town, Portland|
Presenters from Airbnb and Chirs Harder, Economic Development Director, Portland Development Commission really set the foundation for understanding why and how Portland is attracting entrepreneurial talent and “leveraging that Portland brand.”
|Derek Abe, Alta Planning leads bike tour|
|Peter Koonce, PBOT, shares Tilikum Crossing with Swedish delegation|