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VertueLab awarded Green Cities Navigator
Contract and is hiring

VertueLab, a local nonprofit, has been awarded the Green Cities Navigator contract, funded by the American Rescue Plan Act to help Portland’s Green Cities businesses navigate new federal and state programs aimed at mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change.
VertueLab won the contract in a competitive Request for Proposals process which Prosper Portland conducted in December 2021.  The Green Cities Navigator work will include scanning federal funding opportunities scanning for companies, assistance with research and development and federal grant writing, partnership with Oregon Government Contract Assistance Program (GCAP) to assist minority contractors bidding on public projects, and a partnership with Professional Business Development Group (PBDG) to help build capacity for minority contractors to expand their services into more green building and green infrastructure opportunities. 

Vertuelab is currently recruiting to expand its team with a new role, Community Engagement Manager, which  will be essential for the success of this program. Please spread the word about this opportunity. Candidates can go here to learn more and apply. Learn more about VertueLab and how the Green Cities Navigator fits in with the organization’s long-term goals in an interview with Jo Brickman, Deputy Director and Director of Impact Strategy at VertueLab.

What’s new with Portland Means Progress (PMP)

Portland Means Progress is a Greater Portland-based initiative that provides connections for businesses to hire local underrepresented students and young professionals of color, purchase from businesses owned by people of color, and create diverse and vibrant workforce and company cultures. The goal is to connect businesses to programming that supports social impact, creating a pipeline for private-sector engagement.

When your business signs up to be a Portland Means Progress member, you gain access to free programming to support your company in its Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) journey.

Events open to all (you do not need to be a Portland Means Progress member) 

  • Greet & Grow: Intentional Purchasing B2B event, ideal for small businesses and early-stage startups wanting to source diverse professional service providers. Tuesday, March 15 from 3-6 PM. Registration is open here!

Upcoming Portland Means Progress member-only events and programs:

  • Portland Means Progress 5-Week Intensive Course: This will provide in-depth strategic training for racial diversity, equity and inclusion in two cohorts: Series for Execs on Mondays starting April 4, 11:30 am-1:00 pm Series for Internal Champions on Tuesdays starting April 5, 11:30 am-1:00 pm 
  • POWER UP workshop series for staff of color at Portland Means Progress businesses: Overcoming Race-Based Trauma in spring 2022; details & registration to come.  
  • Coming soon: tailored intentional purchasing support for businesses working on goals to hire from diverse suppliers and service providers 

    If your organization is in the Greater Portland area, join Portland Means Progress to access these resources and events!

Join us at Powergen and

Distributech International 2022

We are recruiting manufacturers and clean tech companies to join the Prosper Portland booth at the upcoming POWERGEN International Trade Show in Dallas, TX from May 23-25, 2022. Participants will also have free access to DISTRIBUTECH 2022 as it is occurring side by side with POWERGEN 2022.  

POWERGEN International is the industry leader in providing comprehensive coverage of the trends, technologies and issues facing the generation sector. More than 1,400 companies from all sectors of the industry exhibit each year to benefit from the exposure to more than 20,000 attendees. Displaying a wide variety of products and services, POWERGEN International represents a horizontal look at the industry with key emphasis on new solutions and innovations for the future. 

Prosper Portland has purchased a 10x20 booth and is planning to share space with regional businesses. We will be providing businesses with an opportunity to exhibit your products, capabilities, and services at a reduced rate of $1000. Companies are also encouraged to apply for a Business Oregon Export Promotion Grant, which reimburses up to 75 percent of a company's eligible expenses, with a maximum reimbursement amount of $10,000.

If you are interested in joining us or learning more, email Katherine Krajnak, Green Cities Industry Liaison or Kevin Johnson, Advanced Manufacturing Liaison.


Transportation Electrification Workforce Market Study for Oregon and the Portland metro area

With funding provided by PGE, Worksystems, Inc. conducted an in-depth market study to analyze the demand for skilled and diverse workers to support the transportation electrification industry over the next 15 years. | View the report

Stories from women and gender-variant people of color on the frontlines of the Portland tech industry

Techtown PDX published a set of stories and reflections from women of color and gender-variant people of color in the tech industry in Portland. | Read Code Switched, the Tech Advisory Council report

Business Financial Resources

If you are an early-stage or medium-sized company looking for financial resources to improve your office, manufacturing or R&D facilities, or if you are looking for flexible loan terms for working capital, Prosper Portland has a variety of programs to address those needs. We also work collaboratively with other public and private lending partners to structure financing that ensures growth, jobs and local community benefit. If you are a green building, climate tech or circular economy business, email Katherine Krajnak, the Green Cities Industry Liaison. 

VertueLab, formerly known as Oregon Best, has been an anchor for clean tech startups in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest for almost 15 years.  

Recently, the VertueLab Board of Directors approved a new strategic plan that builds on VertueLab’s core competencies and looks to broaden its community partnerships in order to build an equitable climate tech ecosystem in the Pacific Northwest. 

Learn more about VertueLab and how the Green Cities Navigator fits in with the organization’s long-term goals in an interview with Jo Brickman, Deputy Director and Director of Impact Strategy at VertueLab. | Read the full interview here

Local Industry News

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has identified three call areas in Oregon for off shore wind development, with a total capacity of 17 GW

The agency is now beginning to reduce these pieces of federal water in wind power sectors (WEAS), which could support 3 GW in the near term, with lease sales expected in the first quarter of 2024, the latest. | READ MORE

Daimler Truck North America announces partnership to develop install charging network for medium- and heavy-duty battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the U.S.

Daimler Truck North America LLC (DTNA), NextEra Energy Resources, LLC and BlackRock Renewable Power (BlackRock) today announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to lay the foundation for a proposed joint venture (JV) to design, develop, install and operate a nationwide, high-performance charging network for medium- and heavy-duty battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the U.S. | READ MORE

Oregon Mass Timber Coalition Awarded $500,000 in EDA’s Build Back Better Regional Challenge

The Oregon Mass Timber Coalition was named by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) as a finalist in the $1 billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge, the only finalist in the state of Oregon.. | READ MORE

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Job Listings

Our partners are hiring! If you are searching for work in Portland, here's a great list of opportunities —one of them might be a perfect fit for you. 
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