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Past Projects: 

-Held QUARTERLY BUSINESS BREAKFASTs as a means of connecting ENTREPRENEURS to one another, to resources, and to build relationships within the business community  

-Co-hosted a neighborhood harvest fest to connect with community members and to promote food security 

-Held an ANNUAL MEETING to address neighborhood topics such as updating the comprehensive plan and community strengths

-raised over 250 coats for children in our neighborhood through our annual coats for kids drive

-WORKED WITH RIGLER ELEMENTARY AND MULTNOMAH COUNTY LIBRARY TO TRAIN AND DEPLOY 32 TUTORS IN RIGLER'S 2ND AND 3RD GRADE CLASSES THROUGH OUR LITERACY INITIATIVE

-Reached 28 existing businesses with technical assistance

-Reached over 20 aspiring entrepreneurs with technical assistance

-Provided property and tenant assistance to more than half a dozen commercial property owners

 -Added 5 new businesses to the district, 3 of which are owned by local residents 

-Added more than 60 jobs this calendar year

-Connected with over 170 job seekers through our Fresh Chance Career Fair 

 -Issued 20 improvement grants to local businesses

-Wrapped up a three-phase process for major district rezoning and future planning

-Began a community process to design a public plaza on 42nd Avenue 

 -Initiated a Literacy Initiative which trained and implemented 32 volunteers to tutor kids 1:1 at Rigler, Harvey Scott, and Villa de Mariposas, and raised over 1300 books through our book drive

-Connected with economically disadvantaged community members through joint-programming with local schools and food pantries

-ESTABLISHED LAUNCH, A BUSINESS INCUBATION, SUPPORT AND NETWORKING SPACE FOR ENTREPRENEURS OF THE 42ND AVENUE COMMUNITY

 

                                          Current/future projects:

-Connecting local businesses to a network of business technical assistance providers 

-Connecting our neighbors seeking employment to our employment advisor

-Working with Straight Path Inc. to connect with job seekers through the fresh chance career fair

-Investing in our businesses through our DISTRICT IMPROVEMENT GRANTS

-working with community partners to Build a community directory documenting the skills and talents of our neighbors, as well as a calendar of community events and volunteer opportunities 

-gathering community input to design and build 42nd avenue's new public plaza

-Establishing district business incubator spaces associated with business types 

-connecting residents with job opportunities through maintaining job postings and job boards across the neighborhood 

-creating opportunities for youth entrepreneurship through the Cully farmers market  

-placing strategic investments through the use of TIF or leveraged dollars into projects meeting community goals 

-Hosting monthly community coffee hours to connect with neighbors, and to connect neighbors with one another 

-distribute weekly and monthly community newsletters

-Working with Innovative changes to host free financial literacy courses for our neighbors