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Greater Portland Inc to honor Port of Portland’s Bill Wyatt with Uniting Regionally Award at Sept. 8 Annual Economic Summit

August 19,2016
Portland, Ore. (August 19, 2016) — Greater Portland Inc has announced that Bill Wyatt, Executive Director of the Port of Portland, will be honored with the 2016 Uniting Regionally Award at GPI’s Sept. 8 Annual Economic Summit at Portland Art Museum.
 
The award is presented each year to an individual, organization or collective that actively demonstrates the values of regionalism by working to grow prosperity for all throughout the Greater Portland region.
 
“The selection committee was unanimous in recognizing Bill Wyatt for his leadership on projects and initiatives that have dotted the region and will positively impact residents, communities and businesses for years to come,” says Janet LaBar, GPI president and CEO. “Our organization could not be more pleased to honor a regional champion who radiates such an intentional focus on making our economy better.”
 
Wyatt has led the Port of Portland since October 2001, and enriched the region with a diverse career in public service, sitting on a range of local and state boards and acting as a global ambassador to the Portland and Vancouver regions. He leads more than 700 employees and annual operating revenues of approximately $240 million.
 
The Uniting Regionally Award will be presented to Bill Wyatt by Greg Ness, chairman, president and CEO of The Standard, the award sponsor.
 
Greater Portland Inc’s Annual Economic Summit celebrates the region’s competitiveness in a global economy and brings together more than 500 regional leaders. The 2016 event features speakers and a panel of experts including Nat Parker, CEO of moovel North America, Jennifer Bradley, director, Center for Urban Innovation at the Aspen Institute and Janet LaBar, president and CEO of Greater Portland Inc discussing how diverse industries are impacted by technology and innovation.
 
Kian Gohar, founding executive director of the Innovation Partnership Program, is this year’s keynote speaker. Gohar will address the growth of exponential technology, its implications for society and how Greater Portland can harness technology to augment regional competitiveness.
 
If you go:
 
What:          2016 Annual Economic Summit
When:          Sept. 8, 7:30-11 a.m.
Where:        Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave.
Tickets:        Tickets and tables of 10 are available online at www.greaterportlandinc.com
For more information please call (503) 445-8065.
 
Greater Portland Inc would like to thank the sponsors of this year’s event: The Standard, PGE, Oregon State University, Clackamas County, Spirit Media, The Westin Portland and the Portland Business Journal.
 
About Greater Portland Inc
Greater Portland Inc (GPI) is a regional partnership helping companies expand and locate to the Portland-Vancouver area, which includes seven counties and covers two states. Leveraging the region’s assets, GPI and its partners work in lockstep to nurture and recruit businesses that bolster Greater Portland’s economy and promote long-term job growth. Learn more at www.greaterportlandinc.com.
 
About The Standard
The Standard, founded and headquartered in Portland since 1906, is a leading provider of financial products and services, including group and individual disability insurance, group life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance, group dental and vision insurance, absence management services, retirement plans products and services and individual annuities. For more information about The Standard, visit www.standard.com.
 
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