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Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies
Welcome to the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies. The Institute was created to better connect the university to issues of concern to communities in the six-county Portland-Vancouver Metropolitan Area, and to bring new attention to key issues of metropolitan significance.

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Summer 2014 Metroscape

This issue's feature story examines how communities try to engage members in making decisions that affect their future, using many kinds of media to get people involved. We also feature an interview with Dr. Jeremy Brown, who reflects on his first year as president of Portland Community College and PCC's role in developing a skilled workforce that can meet future demands. Also: how a community came together to address the problem of homelessness; a look at the past and future of Portland's Waterfront Park; and mapping regional industry clusters.. Click here to to find all the digital versions of this important issue.



Summer 2013 Senior Capstone

Students in the Summer 2013 Senior Capstone class in asset mapping have completed their term project. In partnership with the Audubon Society of Portland, they have created a field guide/protocol for mapping greenspace access, using a smartphone app that allows the user to collect geographic data and photos and use them to create maps with Google Earth and GIS software. Click here to see their report.


The Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies is proud to be a member of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership, which is a collaboration between the Urban Institute and local partners to further the development and use of neighborhood-level information systems in community-building and policymaking.