Chair Kafoury honored as ‘2015 Newsmaker’ by The Daily Journal of Commerce

February 25, 2015

Chair Kafoury accepting her 2015 Newsmaker Award from The Daily Journal of Commerce.

On Wednesday afternoon, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury was among those recognized by The Daily Journal of Commerce for her leadership over the past year.

Chair Kafoury was the only elected official to be awarded the title “2015 DJC Newsmaker” by The Daily Journal of Commerce for her leadership in recent and major Multnomah County construction projects.

The annual list recognizes individuals, companies and organizations that had an impact on, or played a significant role in, the region’s built environment during the past 12 months, as well as those expected to have a significant impact during the coming year.

“Multnomah County is leading the way on so many fronts when it comes to our community’s infrastructure,” Chair Kafoury said after the ceremony, touting such projects as the replacement of the Sellwood Bridge and the upcoming construction of a new central courthouse.

“Being recognized for an award like this makes it clear that the county is at the forefront of creating vitality and economic prosperity for all. We have a lot of great employees who work so hard to help others. And this award helps recognize those efforts, too.”

Award winners include Andersen Construction, Portland State University’s Roberta Hunte, Naito Development, the Confluence Project and more. 

The Daily Journal of Commerce is a publication based in Portland that reports on the construction and building market of the region.

Other notable “2015 DJC Newsmakers” included Omega Morgan, the company responsible for successfully moving the 1100-foot long truss of the old Sellwood Bridge in one piece in 2013 and  Sharon Wood Wortman and Ed Wortman, authors of the book The Big and Awesome Bridges of Portland and Vancouver.

The Wortmans are no strangers to Multnomah County, as six county-owned bridges are featured in their book.

Upon accepting her award at Wednesday’s ceremony, Sharon Wood Wortman sparked a light moment amongst the crowd when she said:  "I told Ed ‘I think this is the closest we're going to get to the Academy Awards.’"