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Special Events

Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21, 2012
The 9th Annual Bob Fowler Motorcycle Ride
Mark your calendar for The 9th Annual Bob Fowler Motorcycle Ride scheduled for Saturday October 20 and Sunday October 21, 2012. Bring your camera! Book both days as Saturday (220 miles) we will ride east of Portland along the Washington side of the Columbia Gorge with views of Mount Saint Helens, thru the town of Stevenson Washington, across the "Bridge of the Gods" back into Oregon, stop for lunch in Hood River and then over Mount Hood back to Portland stopping occasionally for photos and refreshments. Sunday (200 Miles) we ride west to the Pacific Ocean, having lunch in the historic town of Astoria (Kindergarten Cop). After Lunch we will ride east back to Portland along the Columbia Gorge through the town of Clatskanie stopping occasionally for photos. Different than last year's ride we will be stopping at restaurant for lunch. Depending on attendance we will ride in groups of 8-10 and may offer both rides both days.

Oregon Golf
No golf tournament is scheduled at this time, but there will still be an opportunity to hit the links during your visit to Portland. And if you're feeling adventurous and have the time, consider adding a visit to one of the Northwest's award-winning courses to your trip. Check out for information about Portland-area courses..


Sunday, October 21, 2012 | 7 – 11 pm
2012 Meet and Greet the Candidates Hospitality Night
The fourth annual “Meet & Greet the Candidates” will be held from 7  – 11 pm on Sunday October 21, 2012 in the Sky Lounge and rooftop terrace on the top floor of the Red Lion Hotel. This informal event will allow attendees to meet this year’s ICC Board candidates and reacquaint themselves with current Board members in a casual social setting. Beverages, hot dogs and light snacks will be served and music will be provided to complete the casual event.


Monday, October 22, 2012 | 8:30 – 11:30 am
Opening Session/Candidates Forum
Congressman Earl Blumenauer and Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso, U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board will speak at the Opening Session.


Monday, October 22, 2012 | 11:45 am – 1 pm
ICC Foundation Luncheon
Crossing the Generational Divide

Jason Ryan DorseyBestselling author, Jason Ryan Dorsey will be this year’s keynote speaker at the ICC Foundation Luncheon. Jason Ryan Dorsey is The Gen Y Guy®. You may have seen him on 60 Minutes, 20/20, The Today Show, The View, or in Fortune Magazine. His talent is teaching ready-to-use actions and creative strategies that quickly increase cross-generational performance. A bestselling author at age 18, Jason’s newest book is Y-Size® Your Business. This acclaimed book features more than 50 ways to increase Gen Y performance from day one.

The Chief Strategy Officer for The Center for Generational Kinetics, Jason constantly studies the unique dynamics created within a multigenerational workforce. He shares his insights on his entertaining What the Gen?! blog. A proud member of Gen Y, Jason won the Austin Under 40 Entrepreneur of the Year Award at age 25—one of the youngest winners ever.

Monday, October 22, 2012 | 6 – 11 pm
Welcome to Portland Reception
Hosted by the Oregon Building Officials Association and the Northwest Chapters of ICC

The Oregon Building Officials Association and the Northwest Chapters of ICC welcome you to Portland and the 2012 ICC Final Action Hearings and Annual Conference. You are invited to attend an evening reception at the Northwest-themed World Forestry Center located in the beautiful Washington Park area of Portland. Your Northwest experience begins as you hop on the MAX, Portland's nationally-recognized light rail system, and ride to the deepest transit station in North America. As you exit the elevator from the station, you will immediately notice the crisp smell of fir trees, the glow of lights from within the stunning lodge-like buildings, and the sounds of local music coming from the tent in the outdoor plaza. Spend your evening enjoying the many interactive exhibits at the Discovery Center Museum, getting a taste of the fabulous local food and beverage scene, or just dance the night away! If you know someone who would like to attend the Welcome Event but is not registered for the conference, tickets to the event will be available for purchase at the door.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 | 6 – 10 pm
Reception/Annual Banquet
This Year’s Keynote Speaker Will Be Ernest Mitchell, Jr., Fire Administrator United States Fire Administration

Ernest Mitchell, Jr.Ernest Mitchell, Jr. is the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s United States Fire Administrator for the United States Fire Administration. He began his tenure on December 5, 2011 and is responsible for managing the United States Fire Administration, the programs and training activities at the National Emergency Training Center. During his career Chief Mitchell has either chaired or been a member of many working committees that contributed to the progress and development of communities as well as local, state and national fire and emergency services. He is a past recipient of the IAFC President’s Award for Service and has received several other community awards for service.  In 2012 Chief Mitchell received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the IAFC Black Chief Officers. Click here for complete bio.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 | 10 pm
Preview to Atlantic City 2013 Reception
Are you ready to "Do AC" in 2013? Join us Wednesday at 10 p.m. as we roll out the red carpet Atlantic City-style. Let us introduce you to our exciting destination and show you how we do conventions, with an unconventional after-party. We'll bring the real Jersey Shore to you in the Portland Ballroom at the Oregon Convention Center.