Last year was the first time GARE had an open bidding process to select the location for our Membership Meeting, which is how we identified Albuquerque, New Mexico as our host. By working directly with city officials on the ground, and with help from many generous contributions from the city of Albuquerque, we were able to bring together over 400 city and state officials from over 75 cities committed to achieving racial equity.
Due to the success of our 2019 process, we again issued an open call for host site proposals for our 2020 convening. We received compelling bids from across the country, and our staff and planning committee had many factors to consider and enticing options from which to choose. Each application shone on its own and opened the possibility of a new and exciting way to approach the membership meeting. As strong as the pool of potential sites was, a joint proposal from the City of Portland, Multnomah County, the Port of Portland, and Metro of Oregon rose to the top of the list.
GARE members in the Portland area have a long history of advancing racial equity in government and we are excited to showcase those efforts to the network. From criminal justice reform to transit equity, tribal relationship building and the implementation of a budget equity tool, we believe their work will inspire other members to replicate the strides made in Oregon in other parts of the country.
Confronting Today’s Reality: Restoration, Healing, and Action will feature some of the things you’ve loved about past gatherings and some new features incorporated by popular demand:
Plan now to organize a team representing the breadth of knowledge and expertise in your jurisdiction. More information on meeting logistics are forthcoming.