Historical Perspective for Today’s Understanding: Economic Development in N/NE Portland

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 6:00pm to 8:00pm

The NECN Community Economic Development Council’s Inaugural Speaker Series Event

Curious Comedy, 5225 NE MLK Blvd, Portland, OR 97211


The Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN) invites the community to a panel discussion and Q & A about the history of economic development in inner N/NE Portland with an eye cast toward discovering future economic development opportunities.  The panel will feature:


Carl Talton - Past Co-Chair of the N/NE Economic Development Alliance, 

Dr. Karen Gibson - PSU Associate Professor, Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, www.pdx.edu/usp/

Paul Knauls Sr - Owner, Genevas Shear Perfection Barber and Beauty Salon, www.genevas.net

Join us to hear three different perspectives on past economic development activities, their impacts and key learnings for our future.  Carl Talton, a community leader with years of experience, will share his perspectives from work with city agencies such as the Portland Development Commission and leadership at the North/Northeast Economic Development Alliance with Sheila Holden.  Author of Bleeding Albina, Dr. Karen Gibson will share an academic perspective as a researcher of the political economy of neighborhood change in Portlands historic black community, the Albina District.  A community leader, Paul Knauls Sr., will bring his first person account as a business owner experiencing the impacts of various business and economic development programs throughout the years.

Each speaker brings a unique perspective on community economic development and has strong connections with Portlands historic inner N/NE neighborhoods and communities including the African-American community.

This first event of a series is a must for newcomers and longtime community members alike.

Refreshments donated by Bridges Caf

Neighborhood Small Grant Applications due Nov. 1st!

In partnership with the City of Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement, the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods is offering $23,794 in small grant funds and $6,650 in graffiti abatement funds to neighborhood, business and community-based groups. NECN will offer $1,000-$4,000 per project within the Neighborhood Small Grant program and up to $2,500 per graffiti abatement project.

Past projects funded by NECN include community orchards, tours of African American murals, afterschool programs, community outreach projects, website design, murals, graffiti clean-up and multicultural festivals. Click here for a list of grant awardees from 2011.


New this year, we are funding community economic development projects such as collaborative branding of the neighborhood between neighborhood and business association.

The goal of these two grant programs is to provide opportunities for building community and increasing and sustaining involvement in neighborhood associations, district coalitions and the community at-large. Preference will be given to proposals submitted on behalf of or in direct partnership with one or more of the following:

  • Neighborhood associations  
  • Organizations predominantly led by people from historically under-engaged communities including communities of color, immigrants and refugees, youth, people with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bi and trans communities
  • Business associations or individual businesses

For the 2012 Neighborhood Small Grants Application packet click here.

For the 2012 Graffiti Abatement Grants Application packet click here.

All Applications are due by 5:00pm on November 1st, 2011.

General grant writing resources are available at: www.portlandonline.com/oni.

Public Notice: Liquor License Renewals North of Burnside

Liquor License Renewal North of Burnside
All liquor licenses North of Burnside within the Portland City Limits (East &West) will expire on December 31, 2011, unless renewed by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC). As part of the renewal process, the City of Portland makes recommendations to the OLCC on renewal applications using information gathered from neighbors, community organizations, and public safety officials. The City of Portland is home to approximately 2,700 liquor license establishments, about half of which are coming up for renewal. Neighbors, Neighborhood and Business Associations, and Community Organizations have a very important role in this process.
The annual renewal is an opportunity for communities to address problems or concerns with licensed establishments in their neighborhoods. Concerned neighbors and community organizations wishing to oppose a license renewal north of Burnside should advise the Office of Neighborhood Involvement as soon as possible. Licensed establishments not identified by the City of Portland as problem locations are processed as though they received a favorable recommendation.  Opposition received by individuals and organizations is considered by the City before a recommendation is made to the OLCC. If neighbors have concerns but do not wish to formally oppose the license renewal, this is an excellent opportunity to engage in problem solving to address concerns informally.
Information about liquor establishments with ongoing problems must be received by November 15th, 2011, to be considered in the City of Portlands recommendation process.
Please contact Theresa Marchetti, City of Portland Liquor License Specialist, at 503-823-3092 or theresa.marchetti@portlandoregon.gov.

Portland Composts! Changes coming to curbside service

New Curbside Composting, Recycling and Garbage Service begins October 31!


Starting October 31st, most Portland residents will be able to add food scraps, along with yard debris, to their green Portland Composts! roll carts. These changes apply to all single-family households and buildings with four or fewer units.

As part of this new service, collection of the green Portland Composts! roll cart will increase to weekly and garbage collection will change to every other week. This will allow for additional food scrap and yard debris collection without raising prices for most residents. The blue Portland Recycles! roll cart and yellow glass recycling bin will continue with weekly collection.

With the new service, instead of throwing away things like meat, diary, bones, vegetables and grains, residents will be able to send food scraps to local composting facilities where they will be turned into nutrient-rich compost for fertilizing yards and gardens.

Results of a year-long Food Scrap Curbside Collection Pilot with 2,000 households across four different Portland neighborhoods showed that the program works. Removing food scraps from the garbage and increasing the green roll cart to weekly pickup made every-other-week garbage collection manageable for residents.

With two kids under 8, we generate a lot of food scraps in our house.  Not only can we put bones and vegetable peels right into the kitchen pail, crumbled animal crackers, soggy cereal, and sandwich crusts can go in as well, said Brad Robertson, food scrap curbside collection pilot resident in the Richmond neighborhood.  The kids are excited about turning their food scraps into usable compost and doing something good for the earth.

In October before the service change takes effect, residents will receive a kitchen pail for collecting food scraps after meals and while cooking, as well as instructions for successful food scrap collection. Customer service representatives will be available to answer questions and provide assistance on the curbside hotline at 503-823-7202 and more information will be available online at www.portlandcomposts.com

Many Portlanders already compost some food scraps in their backyard. With the new Curbside Collection Service, residents will be able to add many items to the green Portland Composts! roll cart that should not be composted in backyard composts, such as meat, bones, dairy, grains, cooked foods and pizza delivery boxes.

Locally, food scraps account for almost 30,000 tons of unnecessary garbage every year. Food scraps can be put to better use as compost to improve the health of our soils and gardens. 

With this new collection service, the collected food scraps will go to Oregon commercial composting facilities with specialized processes that break down the organic matter in just four weeks. After another four weeks of curing, compost from the facilities is sold as bagged compost or in bulk to landscapers and the public. The final product is a nutrient-rich soil amendment that helps plants grow, prevents erosion, retains water, suppresses plant disease and blocks weeds.