Alberta Main Street Seminar Series

From Alberta Main Street:

Join us for our six part seminar series to support you & your business and enjoy networking with your colleagues on Alberta Street.

Next Up
July 26, 2011: Urban Renewal: What it means to you
6:30-8:00 PM
1722 NE Alberta Street

Refreshments provided
RSVP requested:

NECN Opposes Rose Quarter’s Inclusion in ICURA

Reflecting the dissatisfaction many North and Northeast residents feel with the incomplete urban renewal that has resulted from the Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area, the NECN Board of Directors has taken the position that the inclusion of the Rose Quarter district in the URA would siphon off remaining funds to projects that would have little benefit to N/NE residents.

“The NECN Board feels strongly that Rose Quarter projects, which are large and discontinuous with the North/Northeast community, will pull resources away from more community-based projects within the ICURA boundaries. For the first ten years of ICURA, the majority of the funding went to two large projects, the Interstate Light Rail project and the New Columbia project. Now that there is additional funding available, it should be spent on neighborhood level projects that benefit existing North and Northeast residents.”

Read the full letter here: NECN Position on ICURA-RoseQuarterJan 2011

Urban Renewal Meetings

This Saturday, March 20th, 10:30-11am, NE Coalition of Neighborhoods office:

Urban Renewal Area (URA) Strategy Session and Recommendations Workgroup: At this Workgroup, staff at the NE Coalition will be presenting recommendations from community input from the series of URA forums that have occurred. Then Neighborhood Leaders will be deciding on specific recommendations and input to give to the Portland Development Commission. As you know, this is a big issue in our neighborhoods and we want to get our neighborhoods on the same page sooner rather than later.

Saturday, April 3rd, 10am-1pm, Curious Comedy Venue at 5225 NE MLK (in Vanport Square):

Portland Plan Retreat: The Portland Plan is the City’s update to the 30 year plan. Many people throughout the 12 Neighborhoods in the NE Coalition area have requested that the NE Coalition coordinate a retreat for Neighborhood Board Members to come together, identify specific neighborhood issues to advocate for in the Portland Plan, and strategize about how we will advocate for our issues. This is a unique opportunity for us to come together across neighborhood boundaries, share our needs and talk about how to move forward together.

Final Urban Renewal Series Event March 11th

Summary of Community Recommendations
Thursday, March 11th 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Billy Webb Elks Lodge, 6 North Tillamook St.
Snacks and drinks will be provided

Over 150 people attended the first three URA community Forums, sharing their thoughts and ideas for the future of inner North/Northeast Urban Renewal Areas. Please join us for this final forum. Come hear the draft priorities and recommendations that have been generated in the series. Provide feedback on these recommendations and help strategize future action steps for achieving community benefits from the Urban Renewal Areas. Community feedback generated during the series will be presented to the Portland Development Commission at the March 24th meeting (Billy Webb Elks Lodge, 6:30 – 8:30 pm) of the PDC’s North/Northeast Economic Development Initiative Community Advisory Committee.
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RSVPs are encouraged. Contact Shoshana Cohen at or 503-823-4575 ext. 5.

Urban Renewal Area Online Survey!
Please take our short survey and share with us your neighborhood development priorities and knowlege about inner North/Northeast Urban Renewal Areas.
To take the survey, click here.

The responses will be compiled by PSU students and NECN staff and then made available to the Portland Development Commission, the North/Northeast Economic Development Initiative Community Advisory Committee and other city officials. All responses will be kept confidential and are in no way traceable to individual respondents.

Feedback Needed to Shape Future Urban Renewal

A community-based public forum series is being held to educate and engage community members regarding pending decisions about significant Urban Renewal Area (URA) investments that will change the built environment of inner North and Northeast neighborhoods. Inspired by neighbors for neighbors, these forums are an opportunity for local residents to learn about and share their views on the history of local Urban Renewal Areas, become aware of current options being considered for the future of the URAs, and speak to the types of investment they would like to see in their community. The first event of the series begins February 10th with a “Community Truth-Telling” Town Hall. Community feedback from the series will be presented to the Portland Development Commission’s North/Northeast Economic Development Initiative Community Advisory Committee on March 24th. This series of four events is sponsored by the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, The Urban League of Portland, and the Portland State University Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning. This project was made possible in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities (OH), a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds OH’s grant program.

Series Details:

Urban Renewal Area Town Hall 1: Community Truth-Telling
Wednesday, February 10, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Place: Billy Webb Elks Lodge, 6 N Tillamook St. Snacks and drinks provided

Panelists will share perspectives on how inner North/Northeast Urban Renewal Areas have historically impacted neighborhoods. Attendees will also be invited to share their own views on the history of Urban Renewal Areas.

Urban Renewal Area Community Forum and Planning Sessions (Two). Both sessions will be the same.

Session One: Saturday, February 20th, 10am – 2pm
Session Two: Tuesday, February 23rd, 6pm – 9pm
Billy Webb Elks Lodge, 6 N Tillamook St. Lunch or dinner provided

Learn the nuts and bolts of Urban Renewal Areas and the choices for the future of the Interstate Corridor and Oregon Convention Center URAs. Participate in work sessions to provide input into the future of the URAs and economic development in inner North and Northeast Portland.

Urban Renewal Area Town Hall 2: Community Recommendations
Thursday, March 11th, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Billy Webb Elks Lodge, 6 N Tillamook St. Snacks and drinks provided

Come hear the URA recommendations generated at the community work sessions. Provide your thoughts and additional recommendations.

RSVPs are encouraged. Contact Shoshana Cohen at the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods or 503-823-4575