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Natural Capital Center Billy Frank, Jr. Conference Center

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The Unconventional Convention Center




40 tables, 80 seated

150 seated

30 tables, 90 seated

42 tables, 82 seated

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The Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center is the Natural Capital Center's primary conference and event space. The 1,800-square-foot center can accommodate groups from 10 to 180 people and can be divided into two smaller spaces — 700 square feet for more intimate meetings or 1,100 square feet for larger groups.

Brick, steel and wood from the original warehouse were carefully preserved to retain the building's soul. Large windows line the Center's west wall, flooding the space with natural light and inviting guests to peek out for a view of some of the building's unique features: garden patches known as bioswales that absorb excess rainwater, and a beautiful, mottled brick remnant wall left over from the original structure. Amenities such as a catering staging kitchen and a comprehensive audiovisual system make this venue ideal for your next event!

Nuts & Bolts

Our rates include beautiful space, a venue coordinator to work with you on logistics, onsite security the day of your event, the setup and teardown of our in-house furniture, a comprehensive audiovisual system, a list of sustainable caterers to choose from, and other modern amenities.


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  • Staging kitchen with refrigerator, deep sink, counter space, and convection oven
  • Podium
  • 2 5'x5' risers
  • 40 5'x2' Herman Miller workshop-style tables
  • 150 chairs
  • 2 portable flip chart/white boards

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Audiovisual Equipment

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  • In-focus data projector
  • Portable In-focus data projector
  • 10' projection screen
  • 6' portable screen
  • High-fidelity speaker system
  • Corded microphone, handheld cordless microphone, and lavaliere microphone
  • VCR, CD, and DVD players
  • MP3 player connection
  • Remote mouse
  • "Wi-Fi" wireless Internet access
  • Recording off the sound system
  • 10/100 base-T ethernet line

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Available to rent from Ecotrust

(Rental includes setup and teardown.)

Additional items (think linen, table settings, candles, twinkle lights and lanterns) may be rented from an outside vendor. Please make arrangements through your caterer or with a rental company directly.

Room Capacity

  Classroom Theater/Lecture Banquet Stand-up Reception U-Shape
Ecotrust’s Workshop-Style Furniture 80 150 90 200* 82
Rental Furniture 95 150 135–150 200* 84

* Capacity for this setup requires the use of second floor atrium.

  DL/UL speed Price/Day
Upgraded Wi-Fi Speeds 20M/3M $175
  22M/5M $199
Dedicated Circuit Speeds 10M/10M $750
  20M/20M $1,400


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NCC Billy Frank, Jr. Conference Center

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NCC Parking Lot

Community Grant

We are now considering grants for the 2014 season, with grant applications available here.




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tel: 503.467.0792



Jeanne Kubal
Event Sales & Marketing Manager
tel: 503.467.0764
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Chad Derosier
Events Logistics Manager
tel: 503.467.0813
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The Natural Capital Center
721 NW 9th Ave.
Portland, OR 97213


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