N/NE Community Development Initiative
The Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area (ICURA) will have $32 million in tax increment funds (TIF) for economic and redevelopment purposes between 2016 and 2021, when the urban renewal area expires. The N/NE Portland Community Development Initiative, established by Prosper Portland and guided by an advisory committee, developed an Action Plan to guide the investment of those resources.
CONTACT: Joana Filgueiras, EMAIL OR 503-823-4852
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.
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.
Stephen Green, Black Investment Consortium for Economic Progress (BICEP)
Roslyn Hill, Roslyn Hill Development
Sheila Holden, Pacific Power
James Paulson, Worksystems, Inc.
Nita Shah, Microenterprise Services of Oregon (MESO)
Alando Simpson, Rose City Disposal
Karis Stoudamire-Phillips, Moda Health
Serilda Summers-McGee, Oregon Department of Education
Carl Talton, United Fund Advisors
Felicia Wells-Thomas, Microenterprise Services of Oregon (MESO)
Bishop Holt, Housing Oversight Committee Chair
The Initiative has incorporated public outreach consisting of individual interviews and focus group discussion with key leaders invested in community economic development activities. In addition, the general public submitted their input at community forums held in September 2016 and March 2017.
The Oversight Committee reviews, advises and monitors redevelopment proposals and projects according to the timelines, metrics, and allocation amounts outlined in the Action Plan. The Plan is a living document, and Prosper Portland under the consultation with the Oversight Committee may recommend adjustments of the investment allocation to take advantage of unique opportunities to promote wealth creation and/or to place resources where demand and the market conditions are the strongest.
- Oscar Arana, NAYA
- Jennifer Huang, Oh Planning + Design
- Dorcie Johnson, Multnomah County
- Leesha Posey, City of Portland
- Maurice Rahming, O’Neil Construction Group
- Chonitia Smith, Health Advocate/Foster Parent
- Karis Stoudamire-Phillips, Moda Health
- Gwen Thompson, Concordia University
- Karen Ward, Pastor, Rose City Park United Methodist Church and Director, Portland Abbey Arts
Meeting Document & Media Archive
The meeting documents below are organized by committee/subcommittee: Oversight Committee, Business Navigator Subcommittee, Cultural Business Hub Subcommittee, URA Expansion Subcommittee, and Project Charter Subcommittee. We will expand this section as new subcommittees form and meet. You can find meeting audio and video on the tab to the right.