Jules Bailey

Former County Commissioner

Multnomah County, OR

Jules Bailey was elected to the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners in 2014. He served as an Oregon State Representative from 2008 - 2014. In his first term as a Representative, Jules was co-chief sponsor of HB 2626, the Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Technology (EEAST) Act, which passed with overwhelming bi-partisan support and was signed into law by the Governor. Jules also co-sponsored legislation to train workers in clean energy jobs, encourage renewable industries in Oregon, and build a sustainable economy in Oregon. Jules was named Oregon League of Conservation Voters Innovator of the Year, as well as one of 35 Innovators under 35 by 1000 Friends of Oregon.

In addition to his public service, Jules runs Pareto Global, LLC, an economic consulting practice. Prior to founding Pareto Global, Jules was an economist and sustainable development specialist at ECONorthwest. He works at the intersection of economics, public policy, the environment, and urban development and brings a specialization in clean energy financing. Jules was also elected a member of the Pivotal Leaders business network.

Pro-Growth Progressive Ideas Shared

Problem

With scientists’ predictions of a massive earthquake affecting a sizable portion of the Pacific Northwest in the next 50 years, too few commercial buildings are prepared for a natural disaster of such scale. Moreover, climate change has meant hotter summers and extreme winters that drive up demand for energy. Yet too few building owners have access to the capital and the expertise needed to address these energy needs. 

Solution

Building Ready Multnomah” initiative to make commercial buildings earthquake safe and energy smart. The initiative adopts a “Property Assessed Clean Energy” (PACE) model to help finance energy efficiency upgrades to buildings. This method helps identify the most effective upgrades for each individual building. And by providing longer loan repayment options, payments can be offset by future savings from reduced energy use and the value of renewable energy generated. These savings can also help cover the necessary seismic upgrades to help the community prepare for future natural disasters.


Problem

Unaddressed mental health issues drive costs in both our criminal justice and homelessness systems, and contribute to rising healthcare costs. Only 5-9% of emergency room visits are for mental health crises, but the average stay is 17 hours. Having 24-hour drop-off triage centers helps people get connected to the services they need, and ultimately leads to long-term solutions. Unfortunately, there is not sufficient funding for these centers to make them effective.

Solution

County Commissioner Bailey is proposing a system where local government can work with private sector entities, like hospitals and insurers, who pay much of the cost of this problem, to measure the savings from triage centers and get a portion of the savings as a revenue stream to back social finance tools that provide the capital to run the centers. By working with hospitals, insurers, social finance, and public entities to fund 24-hour triage centers for people in mental health crisis, the county can offer better treatment while lowering the cost to everyone for crisis mental health care and unnecessary incarceration."