2019 Nonprofit Technology Conference NTC

✈️ Flying into PDX for #19NTC? (Travel Thread) ✈️

  • 1.  ✈️ Flying into PDX for #19NTC? (Travel Thread) ✈️

    STAFF
    Posted Dec 07, 2018 18:47
    Edited by Tristan Penn Dec 07, 2018 18:58
      🛬 For this Thread, let's start with tips/suggestions for the Portland International Airport (PDX) for those of you flying in and flying out. 🛬
    • (If the weather is clear 🤞🏾) Make sure to snap a picture of Mt. Hood on your way in. The Cascades Mountain Range is breathtaking. I got this sunrise pic a few years back of Mt. Hood. 
      • *Make sure to use the #19NTC Hashtag on your Social Media Pages if you're posting about your trip. 

    • When you land (and if you have the time) make sure to explore PDX Airport. What?? That's right, PDX was listed as the BEST Domestic Airport By Travel+Leisure Magazine for 2018. We're Number One! 
      • 📸 Snap a PDX Airport carpet photo to announce your #19NTC Arrival! It's a THING.
      • 🛍 Check out the SHOPS PDX Airport has to offer - Lots of great Oregon based souvenirs. My favorite at PDX is the Pendleton store. I'm Navajo, so Pendleton's have a special meaning for my family/people. There is something for everyone! I usually stop there and grab a gift for my mom.  
      • 🥙 Snack some local FOOD PDX Airport provides a variety of cuisine that is unique to Portland. My personal Favorite is Tamale Boy's dish Pozole Verde.
      • 🎥 Watch a movie! PDX Airport has a movie theatre! The Historic Hollywood Nonprofit Movie theatre in Portland also has a small 17 seat Cinema at PDX. Travelers who have some spare time can sit back, relax and watch a selection of short films by Oregon Filmmakers. It's located in Concourse C.
      • 🖼 Enjoy the Art. PDX Airport offers a variety of permanent ART installations as well as rotating pieces throughout the year. My favorite is entitled "Carpet Diem!" Which was added in 2013. It's a piece that celebrates (you guessed it!) PDX Airport's unique Carpet!
      • 🎶 Listen to the MUSIC! Portland is known for its music scene. PDX Airport has a dedicated group of volunteer musicians throughout the airport who want to make your arrival and departure from Portland as melodic and relaxed as possible. There is something for every musical genre!
      • 💰Pay the same price! Unlike some airports, you're not going to pay extra just for being at an airport. PDX Airport institutes a "street pricing" policy where there is no markup on price for simply eating while traveling. You're going to pay the same price at PDX as you would if you weren't at PDX.
    Feel free to share any Flying/Airport/Travel related questions/tips/suggestions to this thread! Looking forward to hearing where everyone is traveling from

    Looking forward to seeing everyone at #19NTC in Portland! I'll be covering more Portland-related ​​​​topics in this community in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for anything that piques your interests! Reach out if you need anything!

    - Tristan



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    Tristan Penn (pronouns: he/him)
    Community Engagement Manager, NTEN
    503-272-8761
    tristan@nten.org
    nten.org | @NTENorg
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  • 2.  RE: ✈️ Flying into PDX for #19NTC? (Travel Thread) ✈️

    Posted Dec 09, 2018 16:59
    Wow! The airport sounds fancy! What is the best transportation option for traveling from the airport to Hotel Eastlund? Is Lyft a good option?

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    Jill Connaway
    Executive Assistant
    Learning for Action
    San Francisco, CA
    jill.connaway@learningforaction.com
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  • 3.  RE: ✈️ Flying into PDX for #19NTC? (Travel Thread) ✈️

    Posted Dec 10, 2018 12:15
    Lyft works, but there's also a train from the airport that stops a block and a half away from the hotel for $2.50.

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    Ben Waterhouse
    Communications Associate
    Oregon Humanities
    Portland, OR
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  • 4.  RE: ✈️ Flying into PDX for #19NTC? (Travel Thread) ✈️

    Posted Dec 10, 2018 13:04
    What Ben said. How can you miss experiencing of the best transit systems in the US? As you exit the terminal, head right and downstairs.

    https://trimet.org/guide/max.htm

    With busy flights or if arrivals bunch up, the line of Lyfts/Ubers to the airport can be so long you'll be halfway to town on the train by the time your ride gets there...


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    Peter Korchnak
    Digital Communications Manager
    Death with Dignity National Center
    Portland, OR
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  • 5.  RE: ✈️ Flying into PDX for #19NTC? (Travel Thread) ✈️

    Posted Dec 10, 2018 13:10
    Edited by Jill Connaway Dec 10, 2018 13:10
    Ah. I forgot to mention that I am disabled and can't stand/walk for long periods of time, so I usually don't mess with public transportation as it isn't usually friendly for the mobility challenged. :-)

    I usually require wheelchair assistance getting from the gate to the baggage claim and then to wherever I'm being picked up. So it may be that Lyft or a cab will be the best option for me.

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    Jill Connaway
    Executive Assistant
    Learning for Action
    San Francisco, CA
    jill.connaway@learningforaction.com
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  • 6.  RE: ✈️ Flying into PDX for #19NTC? (Travel Thread) ✈️

    Posted Dec 10, 2018 13:20
    There is an elevator to the ground level and MAX is accessible.

    https://trimet.org/access/maxmobilitydevice.htm

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    Peter Korchnak
    Digital Communications Manager
    Death with Dignity National Center
    Portland, OR
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  • 7.  RE: ✈️ Flying into PDX for #19NTC? (Travel Thread) ✈️

    STAFF
    Posted Dec 10, 2018 17:42
    Hi Jill!

    You're right, PDX is a great starting point for experiencing #19NTC! Excited to have you coming to Portland! Wanted to offer some extra resources to you as well. Like @Peter Korchnak mentioned, Trimet is a well-reviewed public transit system in terms of accessibility. It's only $2.50 as well! Once you're registered at the Conference, you'll be given a weeklong Trimet pass that covers all Trimet Bus/Max fares, too! Check out this travel blog for what are the best options in terms of Traveling around Portland. Hope this helps; your comfort and fun while you're in Portland is what we want!

    If you have any accessibility questions and you're coming in on Tuesday, our Conference Director @Andrea Post has set up an Accessibility Tour so conference attendees can check out the conference center and also to provide the opportunity for attendees to ask questions about conference accessibility.

    I'm here if you need anything. Get excited; Portland is a blast!
    Looking forward to it!

    Tristan





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    Tristan Penn (pronouns: he/him)
    Community Engagement Manager, NTEN
    503-272-8761
    tristan@nten.org
    nten.org | @NTENorg
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  • 8.  RE: ✈️ Flying into PDX for #19NTC? (Travel Thread) ✈️

    Posted Dec 10, 2018 21:31
    @Tristan Penn ​, that is great info. Thank you.

    Yes, @Andrea Post was super helpful last year!!! *waving at Andrea*​ Looking forward to seeing you again this year!

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    Jill Connaway
    Executive Assistant
    Learning for Action
    San Francisco, CA
    jill.connaway@learningforaction.com
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  • 9.  RE: ✈️ Flying into PDX for #19NTC? (Travel Thread) ✈️

    Posted Mar 07, 2019 09:07

    Tristan,
    Does the transit pass cover the weekend?

    Thanks



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    Rebecca Fowler
    VP Business Development
    ShopRaise
    Littleton, CO
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  • 10.  RE: ✈️ Flying into PDX for #19NTC? (Travel Thread) ✈️

    Posted Dec 10, 2018 18:15
    Jill,

    I would recommend a cab, as the wait for Lyft & Uber from the cell phone lot is 10+ minutes on a typical day, longer if there's traffic accessing the terminal. Also, there's a lot of jostling for space among the incoming Lyfts and the folks waiting for their ride. Cabs will be lined up and waiting for you! It's much easier and quicker if you don't mind the slightly higher fare.

    Drew

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    Drew Pizzolato (pronouns: he/him)
    Digital Inclusion Campaign Manager
    NTEN
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  • 11.  RE: ✈️ Flying into PDX for #19NTC? (Travel Thread) ✈️

    Posted Dec 10, 2018 21:29
    Thank you, @Drew Pizzolato! Do you know if the cabs there take debit cards?​ Or will I need to be carrying cash?

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    Jill Connaway
    Executive Assistant
    Learning for Action
    San Francisco, CA
    jill.connaway@learningforaction.com
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  • 12.  RE: ✈️ Flying into PDX for #19NTC? (Travel Thread) ✈️

    Posted Dec 10, 2018 21:36
    Oh yea, they definitely take cards. Safe travels!

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    Drew Pizzolato (pronouns: he/him)
    Digital Inclusion Campaign Manager
    NTEN
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  • 13.  RE: ✈️ Flying into PDX for #19NTC? (Travel Thread) ✈️

    STAFF
    Posted Dec 10, 2018 22:04

    Waving back to you, @Jill Connaway!

    As @Drew Pizzolato said, yes, the cabs take credit/debit cards. Radio Cab has a coupon for downtown travel from PDX on their website and takes reservations.

    We aren't a ScootAround town, but I'm still working with some local providers to see if we can rent mobility devices to be picked up and dropped off at the airport. At the same time, I'm working with the convention center to make sure the scooters they rent can be used for the duration of the stay.

    Getting to the MAX train platform at the airport to downtown is at least as many steps as getting to the cab bay, but the cab will drop you at the door of your hotel, vs. the additional steps from the MAX line to your hotel.

    We're still working out the details, but we're dedicated to making the 19NTC as accessible and welcoming as possible. Feel free to chat me here or email me if you have additional questions!

    A



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    Andrea Post
    Conference Director
    NTEN
    Portland, OR
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  • 14.  RE: ✈️ Flying into PDX for #19NTC? (Travel Thread) ✈️

    STAFF
    Posted Dec 10, 2018 22:12
    PS - While parts of the Oregon Convention Center will be under construction, it is DRASTICALLY smaller than NOLA, and every intersection has curb cuts, crosswalks, and stoplights at most intersections, so street travel should be MUCH BETTER than last year.

    A

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    Andrea Post
    Conference Director
    NTEN
    Portland, OR
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  • 15.  RE: ✈️ Flying into PDX for #19NTC? (Travel Thread) ✈️

    Posted Dec 10, 2018 22:59
    @Andrea Post That's exciting to hear! The terrain between the hotel and convention center in New Orleans was RUGGED! Especially for someone new to using scooters to get around. I had a few close calls! Quite the adventure. But I had a blast!!!! ​

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    Jill Connaway
    Executive Assistant
    Learning for Action
    San Francisco, CA
    jill.connaway@learningforaction.com
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  • 16.  RE: ✈️ Flying into PDX for #19NTC? (Travel Thread) ✈️

    Posted Dec 26, 2018 18:02
    Sounds fantastic. Reckon I'll skip the conference and stay in the airport for a week.

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    Jason King
    Freelance WordPress development and Google Ad Grant management
    Mirepoix, France

    www.kingjason.co.uk

    Twitter: @jasoncsking
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  • 17.  RE: ✈️ Flying into PDX for #19NTC? (Travel Thread) ✈️

    Posted Jan 30, 2019 04:37
    Oh my goodness! PDX sounds awesome. I've never flown in there but wishing I was. I'll be driving up from the Bay Area over the weekend.

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    Cecelia Sullivan
    Race Forward
    Oakland, CA
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  • 18.  RE: ✈️ Flying into PDX for #19NTC? (Travel Thread) ✈️

    Posted Feb 15, 2019 10:53
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    Hi Everyone, 👋🏻
    I'm Katie, and my faithful companion Gunner will be with me on this trip.  He's a medical alert service dog.🐶 You can see him @the.technicolor.zebra on Instagram.

    I'm very worried about public transit as I'm a Texas native, and if you've been there, then you know we have no public transit.  🚅 🤷🏼‍♀️ Like I've literally been on a subway once, in DC, and a colleague accompanied me. 🤣 So now, I'm trying to do it now, with my new service dog.

    So, I am truly wondering, how do you buy a ticket?  How do you know which one to get on? 🤣

    Your guidance is appreciated!

    Thanks-Katie 👩🏼

    Also, attached is a cute picture of Gunner! 😁


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    Katelyn Pearson
    Fund Development Specialist
    Arlington Life Shelter
    Arlington, TX
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  • 19.  RE: ✈️ Flying into PDX for #19NTC? (Travel Thread) ✈️

    STAFF
    Posted Feb 15, 2019 11:23
    OMG, Katelyn! Those ears on Gunner are just THE BEST! He looks like a wonderful companion.

    We have Trimet (our transit system) passes available for all attendees at registration, so once you pick up your badge you'll be all set for your stay. If you plan to take the MAX train from the airport to the convention center, you can buy a fare for that ride with the Hop App. There's more info available here: Hop App & Cards Info

    Additionally, there are kiosks at the airport on right next to the exit to the MAX platform where you can purchase a ticket before you head to the train. Tickets are $2.50 and the ride downtown takes about 35 minutes. There's only one train from the airport - the red line - and it goes right by the convention center. You'll want to use the Rose Quarter stop if you're going directly to the convention center. Trimet has a great trip planner to help navigate all the place you'd like to visit.

    We'll have pre-registration available from 1:00PM - 8:00PM on the 12th. Stop by for our meet and greet during those hours. You can get your badge, your swag, and see our smiling faces before you head to your lodging. From 5:30PM - 6:30PM we'll host an accessibility tour which will provide attendees with a chance to get oriented to the convention center, meet with members of our Accessibility Committee, and chat with Tristan Penn, NTEN's Community Engagement & Equity Manager. I hope that you and Gunner will consider joining us.

    We're looking forward to seeing you!





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    Andrea Post
    Conference Director
    NTEN
    Portland, OR
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  • 20.  RE: ✈️ Flying into PDX for #19NTC? (Travel Thread) ✈️

    Posted Feb 15, 2019 12:33
    Thank you so much Andrea!  The details are much appreciated!

    Gunner is such a love when he's on his breaks.  If we see you on a break with no vest, feel free to introduce yourself.

    All the Best-Katie

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    Katelyn Pearson
    Fund Development Specialist
    Arlington Life Shelter
    Arlington, TX
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  • 21.  RE: ✈️ Flying into PDX for #19NTC? (Travel Thread) ✈️

    STAFF
    Posted Feb 15, 2019 20:26
    Thanks for sharing that! We're big fans of dogs here at NTEN HQ, but we certainly understand and respect the role of working dogs. I'll keep an eye out for you on Gunner's breaks!

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    Andrea Post
    Conference Director
    NTEN
    Portland, OR
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  • 22.  RE: ✈️ Flying into PDX for #19NTC? (Travel Thread) ✈️

    Posted Mar 06, 2019 22:59
    Locals -- If I have an early flight on Saturday (it's international, so I need to be there earlier), and won't have a car, do you think I would be able to get a Lyft at 3:40ish in the morning?  (Upon googling, they appear to offer the ability to schedule a ride, but it says "not available in all regions."  Has anyone gone at this time?)  Or what would you recommend?  (Google maps says if I wanted to take transit, I would need to leave at 1:30 a.m.  Guessing that is due to the odd hour, but I'd like to try and squeeze in a few hours of sleep!)

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    Janice Chan
    Co-Organizer, NTEN Nonprofits and Data group
    Consultant, Shift and Scaffold
    Baltimore, MD
    www.shiftandscaffold.com
    Twitter: @curiositybone
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  • 23.  RE: ✈️ Flying into PDX for #19NTC? (Travel Thread) ✈️

    Posted Mar 06, 2019 23:07
    Edited by Amy Sample Ward Mar 06, 2019 23:24
    Hey, @Janice Chan -

    Oof, I've been there! Yes, you can schedule rides on Lyft in Portland. I've scheduled/taken Lyft at truly every hour of the day and night because of travel and never had an issue. Honestly, whenever I schedule them for really early (like 3:40) they are usually there early because it gets pretty quiet in Portland.

    What time is your actual flight? Portland airport is rated the best airport in the US like every year. The security lines, even when stretching out past the ropes, it doesn't take more than 10-20 minutes. And that's it, all the gates are accessible (no tram or anything) from either of the security gates.

    Get all the sleep you can!
    a

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    Amy Sample Ward (pronouns: she/her)
    CEO, NTEN
    Portland, OR
    503.272.8747
    amy@nten.org
    nten.org @NTENorg
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  • 24.  RE: ✈️ Flying into PDX for #19NTC? (Travel Thread) ✈️

    Posted Mar 07, 2019 09:47
    Thanks so much for putting my mind at east, @Amy Sample Ward!  Good to know security is quick.  However, it is an international flight so they say 3 hours ahead of time (departure is at 7) because of the extra processing for documentation and any checked bags, although I might be able to shave a little time since I'm going to try to fit everything into carry-on.

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    Janice Chan
    Co-Organizer, NTEN Nonprofits and Data group
    Consultant, SH/FT+SCAFFOLD
    Baltimore, MD
    www.shiftandscaffold.com
    Twitter: @curiositybone
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  • 25.  RE: ✈️ Flying into PDX for #19NTC? (Travel Thread) ✈️

    Posted Mar 07, 2019 14:01
    @Janice Chan oh my gosh, three hours early? NTEN Staff can certainly confirm that I'm not an early airport person so obviously my feedback shouldn't be considered a rule at all...however, I can't imagine getting to PDX three hours early. There are great restaurants and even a theater there though so you'll be able to pass the time. International flights are not in a separate area or anything so the security process and gate location is just like any other flight. If you check in with your passport when you print your boarding pass, it is rare they would even need to check your passport again at the gate.

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    Amy Sample Ward (pronouns: she/her)
    CEO, NTEN
    Portland, OR
    503.272.8747
    amy@nten.org
    nten.org @NTENorg
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  • 26.  RE: ✈️ Flying into PDX for #19NTC? (Travel Thread) ✈️

    Posted Mar 12, 2019 15:56
    Hi Friends, I'm getting in tomorrow morning and thinking of coming straight to convention center ... does the Coat Check take suitcases? Thanks!

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    Laura Norvig
    Digital Media Strategist
    ETR
    Scotts Valley, CA
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