- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On February 24, 2009
- 2 Comments
- Expansion Hopefuls, MLS Expansion, Portland Expansion
Loads of Portland talk today out there. The potential owners, the City Task Force and supporters of the Portland Timbers are set to make their final plea to the city today.
Very soon, Portland will make a once-in-a-generation decision. We have an opportunity to create more than 600 construction jobs and 300 permanent jobs, an opportunity to leverage at least $40 million in private investment, an opportunity to revitalize our city with millions in private investment and new sustainability-focused development, an opportunity to showcase Portland and Oregon to the nation and world by adding another major league team poised to flourish, and an opportunity for more than 1 million people every year to help build our economy and community.
We can accomplish all this — and more — with a positive decision by March 15 from the Portland City Council to support our proposal to bring Major League Soccer to Portland at PGE Park and to build a new ballpark for the Portland Beavers.
I received a few messages this morning from a Facebook group that supports the Portland to MLS effort. The groups are set to meet with the city council today at 4pm (PT) to discuss why (or in some cases why not) Portland should spend the money on a MLS club and all that goes into it. For more info on this meeting you can find info on it here.
I was also sent this banner for a rally set for this weekend in Portland. You can find more information here.