Metro, Travel Portland Apply for Economic Development Administration Grant

Portland Oregon

In a joint effort, supported by the chairs of the board of county commissioners in Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas counties, Metro Regional Government and Travel Portland applied for an Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to help recover lost meeting and convention business due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meetings and conventions are significant economic multipliers for the state, and the pandemic decimated this formerly high-performing segment of the economy. Thus, CARES Act funding is needed to help ensure that meetings and conventions resume at the Oregon Convention Center (OCC) and other Portland locations as soon as possible for maximized economic return for the businesses and industry segments that depend on them.

Metro’s proposed scope of work includes three integrated components: a client program providing technical assistance and support to secure new business and retain business that is at risk of being lost due to current COVID-19 limitations on group size and physical distancing requirements; development and implementation of marketing and sales strategies for generating leads and booking future business from new market segments; achievement of GBAC STAR ™ accreditation for key venues and business partners to restore confidence in the region among prospective clients and  travelers.