National League of Cities to be highlighted at national conference

Hillsboro 's electric vehicle program is being recognized by the National League of Cities as a model program demonstrating innovative and collaborative approaches within government.

Since its inception in 2009, Hillsboro has installed 35 charging stations in the community including the first level 3 "fast charger" unit in Washington County. In all, there are now over 50 charging stations in Hillsboro. The goal is to encourage the use of electric vehicles for environmental and economic development issues.

"City leaders, in concert with community values, have made sustainability a top priority. To promote electric vehicles as a new mode of transportation, drivers need to know they can conveniently 'charge' their vehicles. Hillsboro leads Oregon and the country in the deployment of this essential infrastructure," said Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey.

Public-private partnerships have been key to the program's success. Hillsboro has worked with electric utility PGE, the Oregon Department of Transportation Office of Innovative Partnerships, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Oregon Electric Vehicle Association, EcoTality, Tuality Hospital and Pacific University to develop its EV infrastructure.

The program will be highlighted during this year's Congress of Cities and Exposition, which will be held in Boston from November 28-December 1. During the conference, representatives from Hillsboro will network and share knowledge with colleagues from around the country. It will recognize programs in 20 other cities and towns.

"The City Showcase is truly a celebration of innovation and collaboration in our nation's cities and towns," said Ted Ellis, NLC President and mayor of Bluffton, IN. "These programs represent municipal government at its best, demonstrating the success that can occur when creative minds partner to solve a problem or fill a need within a community. NLC is proud to recognize the 21 cities and towns selected for this year's showcase."

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