Dear Portlander,

Portland’s local small businesses are integral to our economy and deserve our support. The past few years have been challenging for business owners, particularly those working downtown. After surviving the COVID-19 lockdown, many businesses have not been able to fully rebound due to low foot traffic downtown with much of Portland’s workforce continuing to work remotely.

As a way to welcome Portland’s workers back downtown this spring, I am offering a $50 gift card that can be redeemed at a number of participating local businesses downtown. Any person who can attest to working downtown one or more days a week is eligible. You will receive a $50 digital gift card via the KUTO app.

To sign up, please attend one of the upcoming in-person tabling events. Just look for the red KUTO logo.

Upcoming Sign Up Events:

  • TODAY: Wednesday May 11th, at Columbia Square lobby, 111 SW Columbia, from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

  • Wednesday, May 18th, at PSU Propel Hall of Innovation, Richard & Maurine Neuberger Center, 1600 SW 4th Ave., 11:00 – 2:00

  • Thursday, May 19th, at Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave, from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

  • Monday, May 23rd, at Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave, from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

If you don’t work downtown—don’t worry. We’re working to roll this program out to additional neighborhoods across Portland.

Thank you for continuing to support Portland’s local small businesses through intentional shopping and dining. If you are a member of the downtown workforce returning to your office this spring, let me be the first to say, "Welcome back!”


Ted Wheeler