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Welcome to 2 Degrees Portland - A Creative Portland Project

Part of Portland's allure is that people are connected by much less than "six degrees of separation." Here, we think it's two.

2 Degrees Portland is a network of people who want to sustain and grow the city's economy by welcoming creators, innovators, entrepreneurs, and thinkers to the area — a sort of 21st century welcome wagon.

We're here to connect you to the people you want to meet. If you're interested in moving yourself, your family, or your business to Portland, fill out this short form and you'll hear back from Emily Southard, our 2 Degrees Portland community manager. 

If you live or work in the Portland area and would like to be a Connector for 2 Degrees, fill out this short form and tell us about yourself, what you enjoy talking about, and the type of people you'd most like to meet.

What's in it for you? 2 Degrees Portland holds informal gatherings every other month, so that we can break out of our domain silos and get to know the diverse array of people who make Portland a great place to live and work. While we have a good time, we also strengthen our creative community and help newcomers tap into our growing network of talented, motivated people.

Since our conception of the Creative Economy includes everyone from marine scientists to photographers, web designers to biotech PhDs, and ballet dancers to civil engineers, you won't meet the same people you usually do. 2 Degrees is a place for cross-pollination of ideas, as well as a way to build the critical mass we need to thrive. Please join us.

Next Event - June 18 @ Ocean Gateway

Creative Portland invites you to a social networking "welcome wagon" event for creatives!
After a year hiatus, 2 Degrees returns on June 18th at Ocean Gateway with new sponsors Live + Work in Maine and People's United Bank, and a new steering committee of diverse community members, including Creative Portland Board of Directors plus reps from professional sports teams, Sea Dogs and Red Claws, Portland Museum of Art, MEMIC, Think Tank & The Public Works, both co-worker organizations, higher ed institutions - MECA, UNE & USM - and various immigrant networks!
Creative Portland invites you to our first social mixer of 2019, specifically designed for creative networking and celebrating our vibrant creative economy. Join us to connect with newcomers, build relationships, and celebrate Portland's creative & entrepreneurial spirit. Age 21+
Reaching out into Casco Bay and welcoming newcomers to Portland, Ocean Gateway is the City’s waterfront jewel. The spectacular setting of islands and water enhance the beauty of the architecture which was designed to resemble the prow of a ship.

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Next 2 Degrees Event

Tuesday, June 18, 2019
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Ocean Gateway

Meet Your 2 Degrees Portland Community Manager


Questions? Email Emily.

Emily Southard

I'm an art enthusiast, occasional maker, amateur mountain climber, and lover of the written word, live music, and all desserts. Most at home beside the water, I love everything that Portland has to offer and love sharing it with others! 


Meet a few of our Connectors

2° Portland Connector

Kimberly Convery

Everyday I try to find a new possibilities

2° Portland Connector

Andrew Davis

I photograph the stuff you make, and the things you do.

2° Portland Connector

Arthur Fink

Photographing the energy of dance; Helping nonprofits with mission, governance, conflict, communications

2° Portland Connector

Colleen Edwards

I twirl for a living, what more could there be?

2° Portland Connector

Zeke Callanan

I help motivated people and companies move confidently toward their goals.