Metro Council President Lynn Peterson will discuss the efforts and future of the unusual regional tri-county government agency she heads on Friday, Feb. 26.
The online virtual discussion, which runs from noon to 1 p.m., will discuss the agency's expanding role in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties, whether it is sufficiently accountable to the public, and what the future holds, according to the City Club of Portland, which is hosting the online event.
Following her address will be a discussion between Peterson and Katrina Holland, the executive director of JOIN and a co-founder of Reimagine Oregon, a coalition formed by Black-led organizations to push for policies and programs to address systemic racism.
Agency's role has expanded
Metro was formed by a ballot measure in 1978, and for a long time focused on planning and land use.
Along the way its mission has expanded to include roles in garbage and recyling, parks, cemeteries, open space, housing and operating facilities such as the the Oregon Convention Center and the Oregon Zoo.
Its efforts to preserve farmland and combat sprawl have been praised over the years by national planning groups, though the agency has at times become embroiled in political clashes, too.
To watch an earlier version of the event, go here.
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