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Metro Exposition and Recreation Commission

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Made up of seven business and civic leaders committed to the region's cultural and economic vitality, the Metro Exposition and Recreation Commission works to protect the public investment in Metro's visitor venues.

Meet the commissioners

Learn about the seven members of the Metro Exposition and Recreation Commission.More

Judie Hammerstad, chair                     Terry Goldman, vice chair                 Cynthia Haruyama, secretary-treasurer
Elisa Dozono
Chris Erickson
Ray Leary
Karis Stoudamire-Phillips


The Metro Exposition and Recreation Commission holds regular meetings on the first Wednesday of the month starting at 12:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend any regular or special meeting of the commission, and public testimony is welcome at regular meetings. Go to the calendar

Meeting materials

The commission adopts policies and takes action by resolutions at its public meetings. The agenda lists proposed resolutions by title and other actions or information for consideration. The agenda and meeting packet are posted online on the Monday before a regular meeting. Minutes for regular meetings are posted after they are approved by the commission. View meeting materials


Commissioners are appointed by the Metro Council upon recommendation from local area governments. The commission includes seven members representing the city of Portland (two), Metro (two), and one each for Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties. The commissioners serve four-year terms. Meet the commissioners

Economic and fiscal impact reports

New analysis of the Oregon Convention Center, Portland Expo Center, Portland'5 Centers for the Arts and Oregon Zoo concludes that the public investment in these regional facilities generates a healthy return. Combined, in FY 2011, the venues generated $613 million in regional spending, sustained 6,040 local jobs and produced $19 million in state and local taxes. Individual venue reports and an executive summary are accessible below.

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Working with the commission

Find commission contract information, requests for bids and proposals and job opportunities.

Current requests for bids and proposals

There are many contracting opportunities with Metro including construction, engineering, consulting, food services, training and land use planning. View current requests for bids and proposals.

Doing business with Metro

Suppliers and contractors selected by Metro provide quality goods and services at competitive prices and meet agreed upon deadlines for delivery of goods and services.

Jobs at Metro

Metro's employees are passionate about what they do. Explore the current job listings for an opportunity to use your unique skills, talent and training as a member of the Metro team.

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by the numbers

6,040 jobs

While there are 293 full-time employees at Metro's visitor venues, activities at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland'5 Centers for the Arts, Oregon Zoo and Expo support thousands of local jobs.

Source: 2011 Metro visitor venues economic and fiscal impact report

Featured viewpoint

We can use these great assets to attract new business, new people and new resources to the table - both human and financial - to create a region that generates living wage jobs, cultivates traditions of innovation and sustainability and supports the natural environment.

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Portland Expo Center
Portland Expo Center

As the largest exhibition facility on the West Coast, it's all happening at Expo!Visit Expo Center

Featured video

Elisa Dozono OCC

Some friends discuss the Oregon Convention Center

Metro Exposition and Recreation Commission chair Elisa Dozono discusses the important economic impact and community benefits of the Oregon Convention Center. Watch the video

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