September 2018 – Commissioner Nick Fish will become the Portland City Council’s first official liaison to the Portland Film Office. His Senior Policy Director, Mr. Jamie Dunphy, will be point on this new relationship.
The role, created at Commissioner Fish’s request, recognizes the challenges that film productions face – tight turnaround times, tight budgets, and unique physical challenges operating in a busy urban city – and establishes a direct line of communication with City Hall. This liaison role can be helpful in coordinating broad cooperation across City bureaus, problem solving, assisting with long-term financial sustainability, and establishing a high-level City lead in any issue involving the film industry.
Commissioner Fish’s longstanding passion for small business and the arts led him to request this new assignment, and he is excited to elevate the unique role of the film industry in Portland’s creative economy.