Michael Powell moved to Portland, Oregon in 1979 to join his father, Walter, at a rapidly expanding used bookstore called Powellâ€™s Books. Michael, whose only previous work experience was on a fishing boat, had already established a successful book business in Chicago. In 1981, Michael purchased Powellâ€™s from his father and spent the next twenty years developing and expanding the store.
In addition to his literary vision, Michael helped shape the model that made Portland one of the most livable cities in the USA. â€œWe get people to come here because Powellâ€™s is here,â€? says Julie Mancini, director of the Portland Arts & Lectures Series. Michael was recognized for the Portland Oregon Visitors Association Gene Leo Rose Award for significant contributions to Portland tourism, among many other awards.
Over the years, Michaelâ€™s committed interests have matched him with numerous civic organizations including the World Affairs Council, Port of Portland, Metropolitan Arts Commission, Multnomah County Library, Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Board, Portland Public Schools Foundation, and many others.
Weatherford Residential College is the home of The Austin Entrepreneurship Program, in conjunction and close collaboration with the College of Business and the College of Engineering. With 290 beds, Weatherford is home to students of many disciplines, all sharing an interest in innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. Weatherford Hall is a blend of living and learning environments which will encourage students to create their own enterprise. Renovated and re-opened in September 2004, Weatherford consists of student rooms, student incubator spaces, faculty and program offices, a faculty apartment, two self-contained suites for visiting entrepreneurs, investors and professors, a cyber cafe, an entrepreneurship library, a conference room and two classrooms. The residential entrepreneurial concept includes an extensive informal curriculum including seminars, guest speakers, facilitated interactions and programming (from UHDS).