Contact: Shawn Uhlman, PDC, 503-823-7994
April 03, 2014
Portland Development Commission Board Chair Scott Andrews today announced his intention to leave the Commission at the end of his term, in July 2014. Andrews, president of Melvin Mark Properties, joined the board in August 2008 and was elected chair of the five-member, all volunteer commission in July 2009.
“I wanted to announce my decision now in order to give Mayor Hales and City Council adequate time to appoint someone new to serve on the board,” said Andrews. “That being said, I am firmly committed to the work at hand, most notably, seeing the current PDC budget process through to final approval.”
“Scott has dedicated so much time and energy, through PDC, for the betterment of the city of Portland,” said Mayor Charlie Hales. “His commitment to Portland is inspirational and I cannot thank him enough for his efforts on behalf of our city.”
During his tenure as board chair, Andrews solidified PDC’s focus on economic development and neighborhood revitalization, and, in partnership with the Portland City Council and PDC Board, utilized Portland’s Five Year Economic Development Strategy to help guide the city through one of the worst economic recessions in history. PDC initiatives like the Portland Seed Fund, Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative, Metro Export Initiative, Startup PDX Challenge and Portland Main Streets Program have been instrumental in fueling Portland’s economic recovery.
“Scott Andrews will go down as one of the most accomplished chairs in PDC history,” said PDC Executive Director Patrick Quinton. “He has been a tireless advocate for Portland and our work. We will miss his leadership, expertise and mentorship.”
Despite a stagnant real estate market, Andrews oversaw the completion of key development projects, including the redevelopment of the Burnside Bridgehead and the opening of new homes for the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and the Portland office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Under Andrews’ leadership, PDC continued its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for Portland residents, with investments in neighborhood parks such as Dawson Park and The Fields Park, as well as the Eastside streetcar, and MAX Green and Orange Lines.
Andrews is currently the second-longest serving board chair, behind PDC’s founding board chair, Ira Keller.