A very hot Friday morning, August 4, marked the groundbreaking of the Convention Center Hotel, a project that has literally been decades in the making.

Kimberly Branam - OCC Hotel Groundbreaking

Executive Director Kimberly Branam

Prosper Portland was honored to have Executive Director Kimberly Branam as a featured speaker at the event; Kimberly noted the agency’s role on the project team in promoting diverse hiring and increased job opportunities for people of color.

Many Prosper Portland staffers have been involved in this project over the years and the event was an alumni gathering of sorts for past and present agency staff who participated in the photo op (above).

Prosper Portland’s development of an office building/parking structure will support the hotel and serve as a community asset. The garage will be developed to meet Parksmart Gold certification, the highest level of the world’s only certification program that defines, measures and recognizes high-performing, sustainable garages.