Volunteering in our local community is important to TMT, and Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East is an amazing organization that we always enjoy working with. For 35 years they have provided stability and housing to hard-working, low-income families who need it the most. Last Friday the TMT team put on our hard hats, braved the heat, and headed out to work on homes at Helensview, a new Habitat development in the Cully neighborhood of NE Portland. Once completed, Helensview will house 21 hard-working, local families and approximately 60 children. We had a great day painting, digging, and bonding with other volunteers in our community.
TMT Development is honored to be recognized by Oregon Business Magazine as one of the Best 100 Green Workplaces in Oregon. Companies selected for this honor are determined by an anonymous employee survey and an independent assessment of the employers’ sustainability practices.
TMT is committed to sustainable development and aims to be one of Portland’s “green leaders.” Several TMT Development properties are either LEED certified or in the process of becoming LEED certified through efforts such as retrofitting lights and reducing building-wide water consumption. In addition, TMT achieved Gold certification through the City of Portland Sustainability at Work division in 2014. This certification recognizes a business’s positive impact on the environment and the local community.
The editorial staff at KXL News has named TMT President & CEO Vanessa Sturgeon as Regional Executive of the Year! KXL recognized Vanessa & TMT’s leadership in the return of Portland’s commercial real estate market with the Park Avenue West construction project. Business Briefing host Brian Bushlach commented that “[Park Avenue West] is symbolic of so many things, particularly Portland’s comeback” while interviewing Vanessa this past weekend. Check out the audio of their interview above. Thank you, KXL, for this amazing honor!
We are happy to announce that the recipient of the TMT Development President’s Award for 2015 is Maintenance Manager Gary Ward. Gary has been with TMT for over 11 years and much of his work focuses on our Outlying Properties. Gary’s hard work and commitment to our valued tenants make him an invaluable member of the TMT team.
Each year the President’s Award is presented at our Holiday Dinner to an employee who best exemplifies TMT’s values of leadership and customer service. Congratulations, Gary!
TMT recently had the honor of hosting Kamali at office for a week. Please support his efforts to start his own accounting business in Rwanda. Visit our GoFundMe page to donate and read more about this amazing and driven young man.
Vanessa Sturgeon stopped by The Business Briefing with Brian Bushlach for a discussion about Park Avenue West. Vanessa talked about the upcoming pre-leasing of the apartment units, beginning on October 1st. Listeners got an update on the new Stoel Rives office space that will take up the top 9 floors of the building, before Brian and Vanessa discussed why the area adjacent to Park Avenue West, Fox Tower, and Director Park is becoming the new hub of downtown Portland. Click below to listen to the show.
TMT dedicated an afternoon to the Tools for Schools program at Grout Elementary School by packing school supplies into backpacks that were provided by Schoolhouse Supplies; a non-profit organization that provides necessary school materials to students and teachers in public schools. Schoolhouse Supplies Tools for Schools program has put more than 114,000 backpacks in the hands of students in need for over a decade and supports schools where 65% or more of the students are eligible for free or reduced lunch. This year, the TMT team had a chance to interact with the children while helping them pick up their backpacks and school supplies– the kids were especially enthused about the ability to color code their supplies. It was a great kickoff to their upcoming school year and we can’t wait for next year!
Vanessa Sturgeon stopped by The Business Briefing with Brian Bushlach for a discussion about the Portland real estate market. In addition to giving 101 KXL listeners a progress update on Park Avenue West, Brian and Vanessa talk about why it’s a “landlord’s market” in Portland right now, with vacancies at a historic low. Vanessa also discusses why she signed her name to the Portland Business Alliance letter to Mayor Hales over his refusal to bring the Pembina Pipeline project’s environmental amendment in front of the city council for a vote. Click below to listen to the show.
The Avenues of Art event auction is coming up on June 25th in Director Park. Below is a map of a self-guided walking tour through Downtown Portland that will give you the opportunity to preview the panels that will be up for auction. All proceeds from the auction go to support New Avenues for Youth, a local non-profit that helps empower youth to exit street life. The stars indicate where you can stop off and see some of this amazing artwork on display.
Panel sponsors for Avenues of Art: