visionPDX was a city-sponsored, community-led project
initiated by Mayor Tom Potter in 2005. When Mayor
Potter launched visionPDX, the project was not only
charged with creating a vision document. Equally
important was the process of engagement, which Potter
felt was a necessary component of effective community
Community governance recognizes that ownership
of community problems, solutions and opportunities
(e.g., homelessness, drug crimes, development, schools
etc.) rests with the entire community ó and that
effective progress on these issues requires the
cooperation of many stakeholders
The purpose of visionPDX
- To invite community members to plan for the
future of the city. There had not been a broad
look at the current state and direction of Portland
for 15 years.
- To open up government to all Portlanders, particularly
to underrepresented groups and communities.
Throughout the project, visionPDX staff and volunteers
have worked hard to model and practice community
governance, ensuring that the process is truly led
and driven by those whom the vision will impact.
Responsiveness to community needs has been of utmost
importance. This value has shaped our structure,
process and timeline.