Portland city officials are warming up to the idea that jobs are key to sustainable cities, and have proposed a plan to try to lure sustainable businesses to the city.
"Because the PDC wants to spend the money to lure sustainable businesses to Portland, the ramifications are enormous – large enough to turn the agency's biggest critic on the City Council into a fan."
"Such is the political appeal of virtually anything to do with sustainability these days. Faced with almost daily reports and news stories about the dangers of climate change, governments at all levels are rushing to support alternative energy sources and technologies."
"The appeal is even greater when you add the promise of new, high-paying jobs, which is something else the PDC hopes to attract with the $500,000."