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February 2012 edition  

Dear Friends,


As you may or may not have heard, I was unable to deliver my annual State of the County address originally scheduled for Feb. 17, due to a death in my family. My father, who in recent months had been courageously battling pancreatic cancer, passed away in the days leading up to the event.


This devastating loss has been extremely difficult for my family and me. I would like to express a heartfelt thanks to everyone who has reached out with kind words of love, support and comfort.  


As Multnomah County Chair, I am still very much committed to sharing the direction of the county is going, which is why I am happy to announce that my 2012 State of the County address has been rescheduled for March 23. The event will begin at 12:15 p.m. at the Governor Hotel, located at 614 S.W. 11th Ave.     


If you purchased tickets for the original Feb. 17 date and didn't request a refund or credit, City Club of Portland will automatically transfer your tickets to the new State of the County on March 23. The amount of tickets available for purchase hasn't been determined, so please contact City Club directly by phone at 503-228-7231 or by email at with any questions.     


Thanks for your attention, and I hope to see you at City Club. 



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County launches health system transformation page

We've arrived at an important moment in time where state and county governments from across this country are re-examining the way health care is delivered and are exploring opportunities to improve on antiquated systems.

In Oregon, we are on the forefront of this exploration and are swiftly moving to make change. As the largest safety net provider of primary care and dental care in the state, Multnomah County has a huge stake in the changes being made through health system transformation. We are playing an integral role in the process of ensuring that the new system will be coordinated, save money, focus on prevention, and most importantly, be person-centered.    
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New DCHS director

New DCHS director, Susan MyersProviding support and assistance to the often overlooked and under-served populations in our region is one of the most important things we do at Multnomah County.  


That's why I'm pleased to announce that after a rigorous nationwide search and interviews with county leadership and key community stakeholders, we have officially hired Susan Myers as our new Department of County Human Services director. [Read more

Everybody Reads 2012

Everybody Reads book 2012For the past 10 years, the Multnomah County Library has sparked conversation from voices across our community based around one single concept:   

What if everybody read the same book?

The revolutionary project, Everybody Reads connects neighbors through reading and encourages community-wide dialogue.

You can get involved by picking up this year's featured book by Heidi W. Durrow, The Girl Who Fell from the Sky, and diving into one of the many Everybody Reads 2012 events and discussions.    

Investing in clean technology

At Multnomah County, we demonstrate our commitment to improving public health and protecting the environment in numerous ways. That includes making smart investments in clean technologies. As stewards of community resources, it is our responsibility to look for cost-effective, innovative, eco-conscious solutions to carry out the work that we do every day.

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Excited employees take one of the county's new electric vehicles  for a test drive.  
One of the ways we're investing in a greener future is by replacing four of our older, gasoline-powered cars in the county motor pool with Nissan LEAF electric vehicles. These vehicles, which will be used by employees conducting official county business, offer a host of benefits that include dramatically lower and more predictable fuel costs, less maintenance and cleaner air. This investment helps Multnomah County bring our country one step closer to energy independence.
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Multnomah County is Oregon's most populous county with about 735,000 residents.  Multnomah County is governed by a Board of four elected Commissioners and one Chair. Multnomah County employees provide citizens a wide range of health and human services, public safety services and other government services.  

Multnomah County values the privacy of personal information and will not sell or otherwise disclose your email address, except as provided under Chapter 192 of the Oregon Revised Statues pertaining to Records; Public Reports and Meetings.

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