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Competing in a Changing World: Building a 21st Century City

The Bonner Equity Forum is an annual event hosted by the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning and named after noted Portland planner Ernie Bonner that focuses on equity in all levels of the planning process.

This year's Bonner Equity Forum event will feature Tom Murphy, a Senior Resident Fellow and Klingbeil Family Chair for Urban Development at the Urban Land Institute. Murphy is best known nationally for the three terms he served as the mayor of Pittsburgh, from 1994 through 2005. He initiated a public-private partnership strategy that leveraged more than $4.5 billion in economic development in Pittsburgh. 

Murphy led efforts to secure and oversee $1 billion in funding for the development of two professional sports facilities, and a new convention center that is the largest certified green building in the US. He developed strategic partnerships to transform over 1,000 acres of blighted industrial properties into new commercial, residential, retail and public uses; and he oversaw the development of over 25 miles of new riverfront trails and urban green space. 

As we consider the Portland region’s future, join us as Murphy shares his vision of a 21st century city, one that builds on existing anchors and leverages assets to create a dynamic economy and physical place that produces equitable and sustainable growth in a challenging global environment.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8th, 5:30 to 7:30 P.M.

 University Place, Willamette Ballroom, 310 SW Lincoln Street 

RSVP by November 1st to: or 503-725-4044