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.
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.
Projects & Programs
Collaborating with partners for an equitable city
Cully TIF District
Cully TIF District Contact: Dana DeKlyen or Kathryn Hartinger - email Historically, tax [...]
Williams & Russell Project
The Williams & Russell project is a collaborative effort between a community-based Williams & Russell Project Working Group (PWG), Prosper Portland, Legacy Health and the City of Portland. The project involves Legacy Health returning to the community a 1.7-acre vacant block at North Russell Street and North Williams Avenue. Historically, the site once was part of a thriving community that housed the majority of African Americans in Portland and Oregon.
Alberta Commons Affordable Commercial Tenanting Program
Prosper Portland offers the Affordable Commercial Tenanting Program at Alberta Commons, a unique opportunity for small minority-owned businesses to gain a foothold in the retail mix of the area, provide needed goods and services to the neighborhood and create lasting, beneficial relationships with the Northeast Portland community.
Lents Town Center Affordable Commercial Tenanting Program
Prosper Portland offers the Affordable Commercial Tenanting Program at two sites in the heart of the Lents Town Center.
Affordable Commercial Tenanting Program
This program reduces barriers to entry for underrepresented businesses, preserves small business vitality, and advances our goal to build an equitable economy.
Portland Union Station
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.
We want to ensure inclusive growth by supporting competitive industries that provide high-quality job opportunities and working to fill those jobs with people of color and low-income residents.
Prosper Portland's work with the JLP Incubator is an example of the collaborations we seek to advance our goals for a more inclusive economy.
Enhabit Financing Partnership
Enhabit offers home upgrades like seismic strengthening, energy efficiency, radon and solar panels
PropertyFit offers long-term financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy-related building improvements.
Youth & Adult Workforce Partnerships
Prosper Portland's workforce partnerships create better access for Portlanders to connect to job training and opportunities.
State Incentive Programs
For State of Oregon incentive programs, contact the knowledgeable staff at Business Oregon (the Oregon Business Development Department), 866-467-3466, or visit www.Oregon4biz.com for details.
Lean Manufacturing Program
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.
Oregon Convention Center Hotel
The Hyatt Regency Portland at the Oregon Convention Center project, nearly 30 years in the making, will serve the state’s and region’s conventions and meetings industry.
Pacific Northwest College of Art
The partnership between Prosper Portland and the Pacific Northwest College of Art was a long-term effort and a commitment of creating financing that matched the creative mission of the college itself.
Mercy Corps Headquarters
Using $4.3 million from Prosper Portland, the $37.8 million Mercy Corps headquarters in Portland's Old Town achieved both equity and green building goals.
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.
Community Economic Development
Prosper Portland takes a community-driven approach to creating thriving commercial areas, successful neighborhood businesses and equitable access to quality jobs throughout Portland.