Bringing Ideas and Industries Together: Portland Expo Center FY 2015-16 Report
The Portland Expo Center continues to evolve as Portland’s gathering place. With newly colorful lobby spaces, a continued commitment to customer service, and dedication to our facilities, the Portland Expo Center remains a positive place for all kinds of groups to gather, share and energize our economy. The Expo is proud to be the home and host for many varied, fun, and memorable events.
In FY15-16, we revamped our event calendar to attract new visitors, meet evolving client needs, and strengthen our community connections. These efforts resulted in new national consumer events and the highest annual revenue in our history. The Expo hosted 121 events, welcomed nearly 400,000 attendees and generated over $43 million in economic impact for the region. These partnerships have allowed us to once again pay our own $1.2 million annual bond obligation, a rare accomplishment among public facilities.
We are particularly proud to have invigorated our 53-acre campus, improving connections with our neighbors in North and Northeast Portland. We are also proud to host two meaningful community events: The PDX Drive-in Movie Spectacular! and Honoring our History: Reflections on the Vanport Flood and the Portland Assembly Center. We are honored to host so many exceptional events and guests. We thank our partners, clients and attendees for another outstanding year.
Matthew P. Rotchford Portland Expo Center Director