I like visiting Forest Park. Few probably know that it is the largest stretch of wilderness in any U.S. city. So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that Portland is consistently awarded by Popular Science with the distinction of being the Greenest City in America – literally. Grist magazine also named Portland the second greenest city in the entire world!
Could be that’s one of the reasons why it can cost so much green to do business there. Its beneficial location to international air terminals, North to South and East to West Interstates, and with intercontinental railroads are all also economic advantages for the region.
Portland’s accessible resources and low energy costs are also a huge draw. Because of all of this, real estate prices in Portland are quite high – understandably. This can make it difficult for startups and small to midsized businesses. Commercial lease costs have gone sky high in the western and eastern regions, making it really tough for many companies just to pay their rent. When it comes to a startup… well, they can get left in the dust.
I’ve found the best way around this conundrum is to use a meeting room. They’re fun to have meetings in and cost as little as $35 an hour in Portland – which makes them really affordable – especially compared to hotel conference rooms. The costs for those rooms can far exceed a night’s stay at a four star hotel! Meeting rooms at Davinci have everything we need and more. We can even have them order lunch in, so that’s another headache I don’t have to deal with. Otherwise, it always seems to take a minimum of 2 hours just to get through lunch!
Whenever I need to meet a client in the greenest city in America, I like to have my own space. Gives me kind of a competitive edge – just like home turf!