When Portland Mayor Sam Adams heard my suggested topics for an interview regarding accomplishments during his one term, he bristled.
That’s because I made the mistake of telling him I wanted him to, along with listing five accomplishments, five post-term goals, etc, list five things he didn’t get done.
“Man, what is it with you guys?” he said, with a kind-of smile. “I’ve done a lot.”
Truth be told, he really has.
For a piece that’ll run in Friday’s Business Journal issue, Adams talked of his economic development plan, which is, in terms of scope, the city’s first in decades.
The plan helped establish Portland’s clusters strategy which could shape growth in the city long after Adams has moved on to his next policy gig.
He also talked about his economic development cabinet, the downtown retail strategy, the Portland Development Commission’s changing role, Solopower, the Brookings Institute’s plan to help Portland boost it’s already healthy exports figures … we talked about a lot of things.
And then Adams had to run, specifically, to last Thursday’s Council session.
So we didn’t get a chance to talk about how Adams arguably came back from the major deficit he dug after the Beau Breedlove scandal came to light.
Nor did we talk about one of the most mayoral moves I’ve ever seen anyone in that position make, during a meeting regarding the so-called River Plan. More on that later this week.
We also never got to those “things he didn’t get done.” And while Adams said he’ll get back to me, it’s going to be a busy couple of days. It seems like all I’ve done the last two weeks is preview City Council items he’s introduced in hopes of leaving City Hall on a high note.
In the meantime, I’m sure those following Portland business have a take on Adams’ performance.
Send me your takes (to firstname.lastname@example.org) on what Sam’s done right, as well as what’s been lacking and your final word on the condition in which Adams, after four memorable years, is leaving the city.