We are pleased to report some of the accomplishments we’ve achieved working together with our businesses, commercial property owners, community partners and local residents over the past fiscal year. We have many reasons to celebrate but still have more work to do. As we launch our annual fundraising campaign, we hope you will support our efforts!
July 2011 – June 2012 Accomplishment Highlights
-New Jobs: Net increase of 75.5 new jobs created on NE Alberta Street.
-New Business: Net increase of 8 new businesses between NE 10th – 31st Ave.
-Increased Revenue: 80% of Alberta Street businesses with comparison data reported increased revenue from 2010 to 2011.
-Low Vacancy Rate: Alberta Street’s commercial vacancy rate is 4.6%, well below the Portland regional average of 7%.
-Community Investment: Volunteers contributed over 2400 hours of their time and talent. Based on the Independent Sector’s value of volunteer time this equates to a cash equivalent investment of $53,832.
Alberta Main Street provides the organizational infrastructure to lead Alberta Street. As an independent non-profit organization, the majority of our funding is generated from contributions from people like you; people with a stake in developing and maintaining a healthy and vibrant Alberta Street.
Please help us start this year strong and invest in Alberta Main Street. Your contribution to Alberta Main Street is tax deductible and we thank you in advance for your support! Support Alberta Main Street Today!
Trick or Treat Alberta Street!
Come trick or treat with us this Halloween from 3 – 6PM on Halloween. Look for the “Trick or Treat Here” sign in the window at participating Alberta Street businesses.
The first 100 kids to visit Umpqua Bank Alberta will receive a reusable trick or treat bag. More info….
Apple Potluck in Two Plum Park
(between NE 6th and 7th Ave, Shaver and Mason)
Saturday September 22th, 4pm
Bring a dish including apples and Enjoy the first day of fall in Two Plum Park! There will also be kids crafts and music! And we’ll update you on fund raising efforts to have a bench installed in the Park! Out of respect for the environment, consider bringing your own plate and cutlery
The June meeting of the King Neighborhood Association will take place 6:30 tonight at the King Neighborhood Facility, 4815 NE 7th Avenue. Access is via the door facing 7th. The draft minutes from the May meeting are online here.
6:45 Update from the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN).
6:50 KNA tasks & projects:
7-11; communications funds
Portland Playhouse & parking;
Soil to Soul’s Backpack campaign;
Movie in the Park;
Summer potluck picnic;
KNA needs a secretary to keep minutes & records.
7:30 KNA by-laws; Neighborhood Association structure.
At last month’s meeting:
KNA supported Portland Flea, a resale market proposed for the King Facility lot. The market has since been denied use of the space due to zoning regulations.
KNA residents on Sumner Street continue to oppose the proposed 7-Eleven on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and are trying to find a way to mitigate traffic impacts.
Woody Broadnax received KNA support for an event at the vacant lot at MLK and Alberta on July 21-22nd. It will be a voter registration drive with food, music, and speakers.
Dr. Maila Davenport introduced a year-long World Tree Project-six sites that would have a world tree and community art element. A letter from KNA is required for Maila’s grant application to Regional Arts and Culture Council. KNA will discuss the idea via email.
KNA is partnering with NECN on a fund raising drive for the Backpack Lunch Program. KNA and the King School PTA would jointly aim to have enough food and enough money to do a big packing day in November.
KNA voted to form the Soil to Soul food security committee, which would address King Neighborhood food-related topics as they arose (i.e.,7-Eleven actions, the Sprite Spark Parks Project at King School).
KNA’s Movie in the Park will be ET: The Extraterrestrial, screened on Saturday June 30. Several people are working on selling advertisements, finding volunteers, and asking for raffle donations.