The goals of the N/NE Portland Community Development Initiative (CDI or Initiative) are to:
- increase employment and wealth creation opportunities for long-term and returning residents, business and property owners,
- strengthen community capacity to produce economic opportunities, and
- support cultural/community assets.
To achieve these goals, the Initiative established desired outcomes and strategic investment priorities for the remaining $32 million in ICURA funds. Investments will be consistent with the ICURA Plan and the Prosper Portland 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, and will build on complementary, community-led initiatives such as the State of Black Oregon. The Initiative focused on TIF-eligible ”bricks & mortar” development projects and also prioritized non-TIF investments that support the goals of the Initiative, such as business technical assistance.
To extend that technical assistance, Prosper Portland has selected Microenterprise Services of Oregon (MESO) as the N/NE Business Navigator to cultivate relationships with business owners or aspiring business owners of color, provide culturally specific support and provide connections to resources and opportunities for those businesses to thrive. For more information about MESO’s resources contact Felicia Wells-Thomas, Business Navigator at 503-841-3351.
Read the NNECDI Action Plan
View a map of the Interstate Corridor URA
Project Advisory Committee
The N/NE CDI Advisory Committee is a subcommittee of the Neighborhood Economic Development Leadership Group. It includes members of the NED Leadership Group and other community representatives.