Nearly five years ago, almost 100 people with a stake in the Alberta Street business district gathered at the Alberta Rose Theatre to develop a community vision for Alberta Street. Together, we developed our mission, twenty-year vision, five-year goals and guiding principles. It is now time to determine what is working, what is not and where we go from here.
You’re invited to share your ideas, insights and imagination!
Join us on Tuesday, February 24,2015 for an opportunity to gain historical perspective and to help identify priority projects, programs and events that you would like to see implemented in the future. It is our mission to advance efforts to develop Alberta Street as a vibrant, creative, equitable, and sustainable commercial district serving residents and visitors to our community.
All are welcome – please join us! Diverse community-wide participation is critical to our success.
Tuesday, February 24,- 6:30 – 9 PM
St. Andrew Catholic Church Community Center, Oscar Romero Room – – 806 NE Alberta Street
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….
It’s official! The Alberta Main Street target area now includes NE 10-15th Avenues. The original Alberta Main Street target area included NE 15th – 31st Avenues. The stretch of Alberta Street between NE 10-15th Avenues was not originally included in our application due to a restriction regarding Main Street programs operating within Urban Renewal Areas (URA). Last July the URA was expanded to include all of the commercially zoned property along NE Alberta Street. Existing Portland Main Street programs operating within the URA expansion areas have been granted the authority to continue program operations within the URA.
This provided an opportunity for Alberta Main Street to request a target area expansion to include NE 10th – 15th Avenues. Our request was approved in late 2011. A Main Street target area is defined as the geographically defined commercial district with discernible, logical boundaries of a manageable size and configuration. We would like to give a special thanks to the business between NE 10-15th avenues that have supported Alberta Main Street over the last year. Thank you for seeing the value in Alberta Main Street and helping to promote a vibrant business district and strong community.
Catlin Gabel high school’s urban studies class, part of the PLACE (Planning and Leadership Across City Environments) program is working with Alberta Main Street to inform future improvements to our district. Please take a minute to take their survey!
Also: So far we have over 60 people of all ages signed up to help with the Alberta Street clean up from 10-2 PM on Saturday April 23rd but there is still room for more! All of the details and the pre-registration form are on our website http://www.albertamainst.org/whats-happening/. In addition to the clean up, we’ll be having lunch by the Burgers or Bust Cafe, the debut of the Art on Alberta Mobile Gallery, now known as Red Rover, the 1st annual Golden Garbage Awards and the raffia cutting ceremony in front of our garbage can prototype! It’s going to be a great day and hopefully make a dent in the garbage and graffiti on Alberta Street.