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5 Things To Do After NWPPA's E&O Conference in Portland

Posted by Brooke Barone on Apr 4, 2013 9:20:00 AM

Next week, Portland, Oregon is hosting one of the largest electric utility conference and trade shows in the Northwest: The Northwest Public Power Association (NWPPA) Engineering & Operations Conference and Trade Show.

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Thousands of attendees consisting of engineers, distributors, public power districts, co-ops and more will be there for continuing education, networking and exchanging of information. It’s a good opportunity to catch up on the current status of the market and to hear about planned projects and discuss new innovative products.

Quick Overview of Schedule:

With classes and courses, NWPPA offers up to 21 credit hours for those who want to learn more about the industry. Monday kicks off the conference with classes, roundtables and meetings. Exhibitors set up and get ready for opening at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, followed by four “hot topic presentations” Wednesday. On Thursday, the conference opens again for exhibitors, along with the announcement of the NWPPA Safety Award winner at 4 p.m. Friday they will host a committee meeting for anyone who would like to get more involved in helping the future of E&O Conferences.  

What's the weather supposed to be like?

Well, if you’re like me and coming from a different state, you might be wondering what the weather will be like, or what you should pack.  It tends to rain a little more in Portland, but it’s usually a light drizzle followed by the sun in the afternoon. Here’s a 5-day forecast according to The Weather Channel:


With over 590,000 residents, Portland offers an array of things to do to keep up with the diverse group you’ll find there. So I’ve put together a list of 5 things to do while visiting this impressive city.

 1.   Forest Park

For the more adventurous, outdoorsy type, take a 10 minute cab ride to Forest Park, and I promise you won’t be dissatisfied. Offering over 70 miles of walking/hiking trails, Forest Park is a great way to get the day started, overlooking the Williamette River as you get your morning jog in.

 2.   Bridge Tour

Ok, so a bridge tour might not sound too exciting right off the bat, but with 8 bridges stretching across downtown, you’re sure to experience “one-of-a-kind” leisure. There’s walking tours you can take, or even biking tours, where you’ll get to cross the Steel Bridge, which is the only one of its type in the world, and the Hawthorne Bridge, the oldest operating lift bridge in the U.S., plus many more.  

3.   Pub Tour

With over 31 breweries in the city, there are plenty of pubs to choose from. But one of the most popular choices is the House Spirit. Join their “Tours and Tasting” and experience all their unique “wares and rummages.” Monday night, you can also catch the NCAA Men’s Championship game while toasting to one of their many brews.

4.   Lan Su Chinese Garden

Experience a little Chinese Zen in the middle of downtown at Lan Su Chines Garden. Their summer hours just opened in April from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Lan Su brings together 5 elements to relax and unwind: rocks, water, plants, architecture and literary inscriptions.

 5.  Kennedy School

Who knew school could be so fun? Dating back to the early 1900s, this historic elementary school has been turned into an eccentric hotel. Featuring a restaurant, multiple small bars, a movie theater, soaking pool and even a brewery, you’re sure to find something to do while you stay.

There's so much to do and see while visitng Portland, so make sure to check out Time Magazine's Portland: 10 Things to Do. 



Tags: DIS-TRAN, NWPPA, Portland, Electric utility conference, public power districts, co-ops, the weather channel, Forest Park, House Spirit, Lan Su Chinese Garden

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