Oregon Convention Center Goes Outside

Portland's meeting arena adds al fresco gathering place

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For years, meeting planners who fell for Portland’s parks, green spaces and miles of trails had to leave the convention district to find an outdoor venue option for their groups. That changed recently when the Oregon Convention Center (OCC) unveiled a 30,000-square-foot fully landscaped, multi-use outdoor space directly across the street from the center’s main lobby. 

The OCC Plaza has power and water hook-ups, and it balances an 11,000-square-foot paved area — perfect for booth set-ups or open-air receptions — with tree-lined streets and a grassy area. 

When not in use for an OCC event, the space will be open to the public and will offer a peaceful urban setting for convention delegates.

In other OCC news, all affiliated visitor venues now offer craft specialty coffee from Portland Roasting. This means that delegates busy with convention commitments can still experience Portland’s coffee culture even if they can’t get out to a local coffee shop. 

Like the OCC itself, Portland Roasting has earned a reputation as a sustainability leader and innovator. They are keeping that commitment to sustainability alive through emission-free delivery (via electric Nissan Leaf) and compostable bags.

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