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City of Portland Partnership

Partnering with the City enables us to leverage our shared strengths and goals to achieve greater economic, environmental, and social prosperity. These are a few of the ways that we are working together to build a better Portland.

Electric Avenue

Electric Avenue, the result of groundbreaking public-private partnership between PSU, PGE, and the City of Portland, is a combination research platform, charging station facility, and showcase venue for Electric Vehicles. 


Through the Portland Sustainability Institute, PSU researchers are helping the City develop technologies and strategies that cities can use in support of integrated policy goals around climate change, green building, mobility, watershed and ecosystem health, economic development, and community well-being. This tool-set is being used on a series of pilot EcoDistricts around the City.

Innovation District

PSU is teaming-up with the City of Portland to establish the Educational Urban Renewal Area (URA), which will help PSU continue to accelerate the region’s growth and excellence, attract investment, and educate the region’s workforce. It is projected to provide $100 million for investment in affordable housing, educational facilities, and private taxable development, over a 25 year period. By leveraging public and private investment through residential, commercial, classroom, and research space within and surrounding the campus, the URA will help make PSU an increasingly attractive destination for talented students, faculty, and knowledge-based companies that want to be close to the source of innovation and ideas. Additionally, the investment that the URA will stimulate will nearly triple the size of the tax base from $608 million to $1.7 billion in 31 years. Read about the Educational URA (pdf)