Gresham on short list to receive speedy internet access via Google Fiber: Mayor expresses enthusiasm for the potential benefits to residents and business - 02/20/14
GRESHAM, Ore. - The City of Gresham is on the short list for next potential locations for Google Fiber, which aims to deliver Internet speeds at one gigabit per second - up to 100 times faster than average broadband speeds currently available in the United States.
"Andrew Carnegie believed that the single best path out of poverty is access to knowledge, so he built libraries." Mayor Shane Bemis said at a joint press conference Wednesday announcing the next group of cities in line to receive Google Fiber technology. "I see this innovation in the same light - it will benefit our education system, economic development prospects and all of our residents by expanding fast, reliable access to information."
In the coming months, Google will work with the City to assess the physical infrastructure components of the project and develop the plan moving forward. As Bemis said, "There may be tight timelines or issues that arise in this process but we are committed to a partnership with Google and will do everything we can to bring this important service to our residents and businesses."
Google Fiber is building thousands of miles of brand new fiber-optic cable going right into people's homes. Right now, when most Americans connect to the Internet from home, the signal travels along a 100-year-old path built partly of copper cables running along utility poles or underground. Fiber-optic cable is faster and better than copper at transmitting information, which means quicker loading of websites, smoother video streaming, etc.
New Gresham apps take City business development mobile, global (Photo)
GRESHAM, Ore. - As part of its mission to make Gresham, Oregon, the best place for industry and small business, the City of Gresham has launched two interactive mobile apps geared toward the needs of industrial site selectors and small-business entrepreneurs.
The Gresham Economic Development App and Gresham Small Business Center (SBC) App - available for immediate free download on iTunes and Google Play - will provide up-to-the-moment business-related news and information; and offer a wealth of functionality, including instant notifications to your device. Mayor Shane Bemis unveiled the apps at his State of the City Address on Feb. 13.
"Gresham continues its position as the ideal location to start or locate a business and with the app technology we can get news out faster in front of key audiences about our incentives, available land and buildings," Economic Development Director Shannon Stadey said.
App users - from the industrial site-selector based in Chicago to the local resident wanting to open his first business - will instantly find themselves connected to a rich and fluid source of data about Gresham, and a strong, interactive link to the City Economic Development staff or the City's Small Business Coordinator.
"Our aim is to provide everything a small business entrepreneur needs to get started, quite literally at their fingertips," City Small Business Coordinator Kristin Chiles said. "The app helps entrepreneurs connect with the pulse of local and regional business, and find the perfect location, while staying organized with get-started guides."
The apps align with the City's commitment to sustainability by reducing printed materials and were extremely affordable. The City used in-house resources to design, write and manage the content, and further controlled costs by using an existing app template.
About the Gresham Economic Development App
The Gresham Economic Development App serves to connect site selectors, brokers and other interested parties with relevant and regularly updated information about industrial development in Gresham.
- Interactive map of Gresham properties and land for sale.
- A quick snapshot of Gresham demographics.
- Incentive program information - more reasons your business should relocate to Gresham.
- Video testimonials from Gresham companies and partners speaking to the Gresham advantage.
About the Gresham Small Business Center (SBC) App
The Small Business Center (SBC) App makes opening, expanding or relocating a Gresham business easier for busy entrepreneurs. Browse business opportunities and keep in touch with what's happening in the regional business community.
- Interactive map of available commercial space and business resources.
- City licensing and permitting information.
- New and expanding get-started checklists.
- Business event calendar.
Download the Apps
Download the Gresham Economic Development App via QR code (attached) or from:
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app_greshamed.layout
Download the Gresham SBC App by QR code (attached) or from:
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app_greshamsbc.layout
Mayor's State of the City Address tonight (Feb. 13): 'We are at a defining moment' - 02/13/14
GRESHAM, Ore. - Mayor Shane Bemis will deliver his 2014 State of the City Address at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Feb. 13) in the Gresham High School Auditorium, 1200 N. Main Ave. Open to the public. Reception begins at 6 p.m.
Mayor's State of the City Address: 'We are at a defining moment': Annual speech highlights City's position at vital crossroads for future livability - 02/11/14
GRESHAM, Ore. - Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis will deliver his annual State of the City Address this Thursday, Feb. 13.
The speech, considered one of Gresham's signature civic events, begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Gresham High School Auditorium, 1200 N. Main Ave., before an audience of Gresham City Councilors, invited dignitaries, community leaders and residents. The high school is a new location for the speech this year.
This year's speech will focus on the critical future of public safety services in Gresham. With the upcoming expiration of the City's temporary Police, Fire and Parks Fee, the City anticipates placing a five-year funding levy on the May 2014 ballot to support those services, with 95 percent of the revenue going to public safety and 5 percent to parks. Bemis' address will include a challenge for the community to determine its own destiny, collectively choosing to invest in Gresham's future.
"Gresham has arrived at the most important defining moment of our era," Bemis said. "We are unwilling to watch other areas of the region push gang activity and poverty our direction, without assembling the necessary tools to address those issues. Generations before us have pulled together as a community to build this city, and our time has now come to make our own investments."
The event is open to the general public, including a pre-address reception beginning at 6 p.m.
MetroEast Community Media will videotape the event and a speech transcript will be posted at GreshamOregon.gov.
Icy conditions persist at Interstate 84 and 181st Avenue, use caution - 02/10/14
GRESHAM, Ore. - Icy conditions persist in the vicinity of 181st Avenue and Interstate 84 this morning and motorists are advised to use extreme caution when traveling through the area, including freeway on- and off-ramps. City transportation crews and the Oregon Department of Transportation "are tackling it with everything we can put on it to get it to melt," including sanding trucks and de-icing equipment, City Transportation Operations Superintendent Rae Sorenson said. As of 9 a.m. she described conditions as a "solid sheet of ice," and urged caution between Sandy Boulevard and Glisan Street on 181st Avenue.
Gresham roadways continue to have icy spots, use caution during A.M. commute - 02/10/14
GRESHAM, Ore. - 6:30 a.m. advisory: Temperatures in Gresham have warmed to 31 degrees. Roadways are wet with some icy spots, particularly in the higher elevations. The City is sanding known trouble spots this morning and encouraging residents to use caution when traveling this morning.