November 16, 2011

The first meeting of the citizen advisory committee tasked with guiding the implementation of the city’s Neighborhood Economic Development (NED) Strategy will take place on Friday, Nov. 18, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Portland Development Commission, 222 N.W. Fifth Avenue.

The formation of the citywide NED Leadership Group represents a critical step in the realization of extensive community partnership called for in the NED Strategy. The advisory group will help guide the formation of the strategy’s top priorities – small business technical assistance, the grocery initiative and the establishment of the Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative’s small urban renewal areas in East Portland – as well as PDC budget priorities, major projects and initiatives, and building community partnerships.

“PDC and the City are supporting a new model of broader community participation and partnership,” Mayor Sam Adams said. “The NED Leadership Group’s diversity of expertise, skills and viewpoints will be invaluable as we move this important work forward.”

Discussion topics will include the NED Leadership Group charter, proposed meeting schedule, and overview and implementation of the NED strategy.  A complete list of group members is available on the PDC’s NED web page, www.pdc.us/NED.

In May 2011, the Portland City Council adopted a Neighborhood Economic Development (NED) Strategy which articulates how community partners, business leadership and public partners can use focused neighborhood-level actions to collectively foster economic opportunity and neighborhood vitality throughout Portland. The goal of the strategy is to create thriving commercial areas, successful neighborhood businesses and equitable access to quality jobs.