Microsoft Retail Store in Downtown Portland Honors Central City Concern


June 20, 2013 – In celebration of the Microsoft retail store’s Grand Opening at Pioneer Place, Microsoft presented a donation of $500,000 to Central City Concern (CCC) at the store’s ribbon-cutting ceremony. CCC Executive Director Ed Blackburn accepted the donation. Central City Concern’s mission is providing comprehensive solutions to ending homelessness and achieving self-sufficiency. It serves approximately 13,000 people yearly with healthcare, housing, peer support and employment in the Portland metro area.

“This donation of Microsoft software will help Central City Concern bring its systems up to date, from Operating Systems to meeting infrastructure software needs.  As our programs have grown, we have had a pressing need to improve the quality of our information systems. This donation goes a long, long way in helping up make these improvements,” said Ed Blackburn. “At today’s grand opening event, we had more than 100 of our staff members come out to celebrate this major donation.”

“We’re thrilled that through the Microsoft retail store, we have a chance to extend Microsoft’s commitment to the local community. We hope the community will see us as a local technology resource and keep coming back after the grand opening festivities to learn new technology skills and use our theater space for community events,” said David Dantes, Store Manager of Microsoft at Pioneer Place.

The Microsoft retail store offers a curated assortment of products to fit anyone’s needs and budgets, including Windows 8 PCs and tablets including Surface, Microsoft Office 365, Windows Phone, Xbox 360 and a variety of software and accessoriesThe stores provide consumers with excellent value, selection, service and an engaging way to experience the best of Microsoft products. Customers can also learn new technology skills in the store’s theater space, and work with the store’s friendly experts for personalized PC setup and training.

More than 100 Central City Concern staff turned out for the opening. Microsoft also donated $500,000 to OMSI and$250,000 to Impact NW. For more information, on the Microsoft retail store, including a schedule of local events and activities, follow the Microsoft Store on Facebook and Twitter, or visit

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