Collaborating with partners Lisa Norwood
Collaborating with partners for an equitable city
Collaboration with community organizations and the private sector is central to our job creation, place-making and economic opportunity work. We share the gains from economic growth and development to ensure all communities benefit, including communities of color and those historically underserved.
Prosper Portland plays a unique role as convener of private and community interests, serving as a nexus between the private sector and public agencies. It’s thus positioned to play a leading role in the goal to Form 21st Century Civic Networks, Institutions, and Partnerships that address the dual challenges of addressing wealth and income disparities and managing growth equitably.
No one organization or agency has the capacity to address market and system failures. But strong partnerships and networks can form alliances and alignments to produce solutions to the most pressing issues in education, workforce development, neighborhood affordability, and infrastructure.
Workforce & Regional Competitiveness – Portland is the center of a thriving, equitable, regional economy that produces abundant quality jobs that residents are able to attain; underserved residents and people of color have ready access to workforce development resources.
Affordability & Neighborhood Solutions – Portland neighborhoods remain affordable to residents at all income levels and for small businesses across all industry sectors.
Neighborhood Capacity Building – Local business owners, residents and community experts drive economic development results and have the capacity to engage in productive, balanced partnerships between public, private, and non-profit organizations.
Innovation & Infrastructure – Portland is recognized as a leader in civic innovation and serves as a market for local technology solutions. The city pursues cost-effective and resilient approaches to infrastructure and utilities.
Prosper Portland has created the Affordable Commercial Tenanting Program to reduce barriers to entry for underrepresented businesses, preserve small business vitality, and advance our goal to build an equitable economy.
Over the last ten years, several critical repair and maintenance projects have been completed at Union Station - the oldest major passenger terminal on the West Coast. Additional repairs are needed to stabilize and rehabilitate the station.
Since 2004, Prosper Portland has collaborated with the Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership to provide lean/efficiency improvement consultations. We provide a 50% match of up to $12,500 for OMEP services to qualified companies.
The Lloyd EcoDistrict takes a triple-bottom-line approach to improve the district's environmental performance while setting the stage for new economic ventures and increasing equity for district inhabitants.