Are you hosting a conference or meeting in Portland? Whatever your theme, First Stop Portland can help you enrich your attendees' experience in the city by developing field studies and site visits to complement your programming.

First Stop has designed study tours for over 1500 conference attendees since 2008. Here are some examples of conferences we've hosted:

CEOs for Cities: "Quality of Place" Strategy Session

Portland was the site of an in-depth examination of "quality of place" as an economic development strategy. In addition to hosting a panel discussion on Portland's "Green Dividend" and a mobile workshop on food security, First Stop designed four different walking tours of Portland's most livable neighborhoods.

U.S.Department of the Interior Conference on the Environment

For this annual meeting of Interior staff and stakeholders, First Stop designed several walking tours exploring preservation and sustainable re-development of Portland's historic districts. These were followed by a VIP reception with Secretary of the Interior, Portland's mayor, and local experts from across sectors.

Rail~Volution: Building Livable Communities with Transit

Steering committee member for the Portland conference, First Stop consulted on development of and led twenty-one field studies and mobile workshops around the Portland Metro region during the week-long conference. Topics ranged from public art and "Everyday Urbanism" to hand-crafting 20-Minute Neighborhoods and bridging the urban-rural divide. 

International Making Cities Livable

First Stop Portland has developed programming for this international interdisciplinary conference focused on defining and refining the elements of healthy, livable cities. Our programming for several years of IMCL meetings has included a variety of walking, bike, and transit field studies taking delegates from Portland's vibrant urban core to its struggling fringe. 


German National Academic Foundation

This conference provided German scholars studying in the U.S. an opportunity to build community and explore the "Green Cities of the Future." First Stop developed a plenary session followed by field studies on Portland's artisan economy, bicycle infrastructure, urban placemaking, the region by rail, LEED neighborhoods, and green infrastructure. We wrapped up the conferencewith a facilitated debrief session in which visitors devised strategies for Portland's leadership.

Municipal Leadership Study Trips to Portland

In Addition to foreign visitors, civic leaders from many U.S. cities have undertaken Study Tours to Portland to share best practices and exchange knowledge with Portland's leaders, including:

  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Fort Worth, Dallas, and Waco, TX
  • Denver, CO
  • Gainesville, FL
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Indianapolis, IN