March 26th, 2014
Portland, Oregon, is the inaugural Airbnb Shared City
Portland is often recognized for its urban planning and livability. And those of us around these parts tend to stick around because of it. Well, now one of the newest startups to call Portland home, is reveling in that exact same thing. Airbnb has named Portland its first “Shared City.”
It is not a coincidence that Portland is our first Shared City. Portland has a history of being a leader when it comes to urban innovation. Portland has long been a great home for entrepreneurs and has led the way in promoting green tech, conservation, and co-working spaces.
What does being an Airbnb Shared City mean? Well, it means that the Airbnb folks are going to be testing some new concepts with hosts here in town. Things like donating proceeds to charity, free smoke alarms and CO2 detectors, and working with organizations like Travel Portland to promote our town. Among other things.
Perhaps best of all, it means that Airbnb will be working with the City of Portland to accomplish these goals.
I first met Mayor Hales as we discussed plans to open an office in Portland. We worked with Mayor Hales and his staff to understand how together we can create shared solutions that address Portland’s needs and help them achieve their vision of what a Shared City could be.
For more on this nod to Portland, see Airbnb’s post on the Shared City program.
(Hat tip Nate Nichols)