In Brief

Portland will be the first Shared City in the United States.

Portland is known as an advocate for green tech, conservation, and co-working spaces, which is why AirBnB has chosen it to be the first of many Shared Cities. Aside from creating a rental marketplace, the company wants to support local businesses, help collect and remit taxes to the city of Portland on behalf of their hosts, and develop other campaigns that will encourage a shared economy throughout the city.

One of the main tenets is that Airbnb will make it easy for Portland hosts to donate money they earn from the site to a local cause, which Airbnb will match as a percentage of their fees. The company has also made smoke and carbon monoxide detectors free for hosts in Portland and across the country, to ensure their own safety and the safety of their guests.

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