Mayor Adams, downtown property and business owners honor the people keeping downtown clean and safe

The third annual Clean & Safe Appreciation Day celebrates those who contribute to a healthy and vital downtown

Oct 12, 2012
PORTLAND, Ore. – Every day on the streets of downtown Portland, there are more than 30 men and women who are cleaning downtown’s sidewalks, removing graffiti and alerting Portland Police Officers to crime. Today, two outstanding members of the Clean & Safe team, a Downtown Retailer and the 2012 Downtown Champion were recognized. 

About the award winners:
Clean & Safe Cleaner, Roy Carter: Roy’s initiative led him to become Clean & Safe’s first Special Projects Bike Operator. His incredible kindness, dedication and quick response time has been extremely well received in the downtown community, and as a result, Roy has increased visibility of the Clean & Safe program.

Clean & Safe Security Officer, Ralph R. Lawrence: Officer Ralph Lawrence joined Clean & Safe after an accomplished law enforcement career in Tennessee. Often thought of as a mentor, Officer Lawrence is relied heavily upon to help train new officers. His vast background, positive demeanor and work ethic help make downtown Portland a safe place for all. 

2012 Downtown Champion, Mayor Sam Adams: Clean & Safe is awarding Mayor Adams with the second annual Downtown Champion award. Mayor Adams continues to be a critical advocate for the Clean & Safe program and has led a number of initiatives such as the Downtown Retail Strategy to make downtown a better place for all.

2012 Downtown Retailer, Emily Flint:  Since first coming to Macy’s downtown about three years ago as its General Manager, Emily has led by example and been a strong voice for downtown retail.  Emily is a consistent and willing partner and is always at the table to problem solve issues affecting the downtown core.

The event was celebrated at Director Park and began with cleaning and security activities by notable downtown business and property owners. During the recognition ceremony, Clean & Safe Board Chair, Dave Hamilton, Commissioner Amanda Fritz, and Central Standing Committee Chair, Ron Beltz, presented the awards and spoke on behalf of the Clean & Safe program. Mayor Adams gave remarks after accepting his Downtown Champion award and Central City Concern Executive Director, Ed Blackburn, concluded the ceremony with closing thoughts about the partnership between Clean & Safe and Central City Concern.

About the Clean & Safe District:
Downtown’s Clean & Safe District was created more than 20 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.