With best-in-class service and a commitment to sustainability and innovation, the Oregon Convention Center completed another great year of bringing the world to Portland. The conventions we hosted drew record-setting crowds for event organizers while contributing more than $625 million to the region’s economy.
We continue to push the envelope when it comes to environmental responsibility and industry leadership. On top of our LEED Platinum certification, we are now producing 25% of our energy using solar panels on our roof, and our forward-thinking waste diversion program is changing the way event organizers choose materials while dramatically reducing the waste produced at events.
Thanks to our committed, hardworking team and strong partnerships with clients, this year brought many innovative and highly successful events to the OCC. As hosts of the World’s Parkinson’s Congress in September, we helped get the whole city involved in building awareness around this disease. In June, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology built massive exhibits for their 5,000 attendees, putting every space in the facility to creative and engaging use. And as always, Rose City Comic Con highlighted Portland’s central role in the comics universe with a spectacle of art, culture and costumes.
Looking ahead, we’ll be welcoming even more visitors and events when the new Hyatt Regency Portland opens in 2019. With renovations of our interior spaces and outdoor plaza planned to begin soon, we’ll be ready to put our best face forward.
Craig M. Stroud, Oregon Convention Center Executive Director
Read the Oregon Convention Center FY 2016-17 Report.
About the Oregon Convention Center
The Oregon Convention Center is owned by Metro and managed by the Metro Exposition and Recreation Commission. OCC is a LEED Platinum certified facility that hosts groups from around the world and brings millions of dollars into the Portland and Oregon economy.