DOWNTOWN PORTLAND, OR
CLEAN & SAFE DISTRICT

Mayor Ted Wheeler, business and community leaders to honor those working to keep downtown vibrant

This Friday, four outstanding members of the Clean & Safe team and the 2017 Downtown Champion will be recognized for their exceptional work at the eighth annual Clean & Safe Appreciation Day event, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Director Park.


Oct 4, 2017
Every day on the streets of downtown Portland, more than 30 men and women are cleaning sidewalks, removing graffiti and alerting Portland Police officers to crime. This Friday, four outstanding members of the Clean & Safe team and the 2017 Downtown Champion will be recognized for their exceptional work at the eighth annual Clean & Safe Appreciation Day event, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Director Park.

In 2016, Clean & Safe cleaners picked up 638 tons of trash, 16,822 needles, cleaned 52,048 biohazards and removed 37,265 graffiti tags. Clean & Safe Appreciation Day is an opportunity to honor and thank the dedicated employees who work hard to keep downtown Portland vibrant and welcoming. Clean & Safe employs cleaners through a partnership with Central City Concern, who provides training and mentorship opportunities to those who were formerly homeless or experiencing other barriers to employment. Additionally, Clean & Safe partners with Portland Patrol Inc. to provide unarmed security officers to patrol the district. For more than 20 years, Clean & Safe has offered this opportunity for formerly homeless individuals to re-enter the workforce.

Mayor Ted Wheeler, along with Central City Concern's new president and CEO Dr. Rachel Solotaroff, and Clean & Safe board chair Peter Andrews of Melvin Mark Company, will attend the event to present the awards. This year's award winners are Clean & Safe cleaners Greg Davis and Matt Carr, and Clean & Safe security officers Josh Dyke and Samson Blakeslee. Mayor Wheeler will present the award to the 2017 Downtown Champion award, who will be announced at the event.

Event details
Speakers: Clean & Safe Board Chair, Peter Andrews
Portland Mayor, Ted Wheeler
President & CEO of Central City Concern, Dr. Rachel Solotaroff

When: Friday, October 6
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Awards
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Mingling, eating and drinking
Where: Director Park - Lower Terrace (under overhang), S.W. Park & S.W. Taylor
RSVP: Register online

About the Clean & Safe District:
Downtown's Clean & Safe District was created more than 25 years ago to support additional cleaning and security in the central city. The district, funded by downtown property owners, includes 213 blocks in the central city. The district's cleaning work is conducted through a partnership with Central City Concern, as part of a homeless to work program; and the security team consists of many retired Portland Police officers with community policing experience.