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This is the community forum for 2019 Nonprofit Technology Conference (#19NTC) registrants. Use this group ask and answer questions, talk about the sessions that you're presenting or that you're excited to attend, and find other attendees to connect with before or during the conference.

✈️ 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 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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  • 10.  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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  • 11.  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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  • 12.  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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  • 13.  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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  • 14.  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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  • 15.  RE: ✈️ Flying into PDX for #19NTC? (Travel Thread) ✈️

    Posted 23 days ago
    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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