About Alberta Main Street
Alberta Main Street believes that by taking action to achieve equity in our organization, programs, projects and events, we will fulfill our mission to develop Alberta Street as an equitable commercial district.
To improve our success and fulfill our mission, we strive to understand and address the historical legacies of systemic racism and inequality.
Alberta Main Street is committed to understanding, challenging and restructuring our internal policies and procedures to create a more equitable organization and to encourage and support our stakeholders and community in creating the conditions for broader community change.
Alberta Main Street is committed to being both a leader and a catalyst in promoting equity and inclusion within our community.
Alberta Main Street advances efforts to develop Alberta Street as a vibrant, creative, equitable and sustainable commercial district serving residents, businesses and visitors of our community.
- Create a sustainable business district, with positive social, economic, & environmental impacts
- Strengthen the district’s ability to attract and support local artists and other creative business owners
- Support existing and new small businesses and building owners
- Include, honor & celebrate all of the diversity within our community
- Ensure accessibility to all income levels
- Prioritize the safety of residents and visitors
- Be open & flexible to the changing landscape
As a Main Street America™ Accredited program, Alberta Main Street is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.
On November 29, 2010, almost 100 people with a stake in the Alberta Street business district gathered at the Alberta Rose Theatre. The conversation was rich. What follows is the result of this meeting, mostly unedited. As we continue to seek input for the long term community vision, this document will remain organic and responsive to our community.
20-YEAR LONG TERM VISION
- Make Alberta Street a welcoming and thriving neighborhood business district where everyone feels welcomed and where there is something for everyone. Something for everyone means that people can find something to do, enjoy, purchase or participate in regardless of income, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, religious belief, or physical ability.
- Create the most sustainable (social, economic and environmental) business district in Portland and the Pacific Northwest
- Foster the development of Alberta Street as a world class arts/creative district.
Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors is responsible for establishing program policy, approving the annual program budget and determining the goals of the program. All board members have responsibility for governance, fundraising and being ambassadors of the program within the community. In addition to program oversight, the Board:
• Hosts business & property owner mixers
• Recruits new Board members that increase the diversity of leadership
• Increase Board member accountability & improve internal structures
• Explore sustainable funding options & engage commercial property owners in our work
• Strengthen volunteer outreach for Alberta Main Street committees and events, recruiting new volunteers of different races, ethnicities, ages, genders and sexual orientation.
The Design committee is responsible for getting Alberta Street into tiptop physical shape, including physical improvements to buildings, businesses and public space. The Design Committee also:
• Maintains Historical Markers/Cultural Artwork Project
• Administers matching mini grant program
• Maintain Inventory, conduct research and photograph Alberta Street art
• Manage maintenance of existing projects
The Promotion committee is responsible for promoting Alberta Street as the place to live, shop, eat and play for both residents and visitors. We also:
• Pilot Retail Happy Hour
• Coordinate the annual Alberta Street Fair
• Organize the September Sidewalk Sale
• Coordinate Trick or Treat Alberta Street
• Coordinate Lit Up & Local: A Month of Merriment on Alberta Street
• Host the Earth Day District Clean Up
Business Development Committee
The Business Development committee is responsible for analyzing current economic condition and identifying opportunities for market growth, strengthening existing businesses, recruiting new, and supporting the overall health of the district. We also:
• Coordinate bi-monthly seminar series
• Link businesses/local youth with mentorship & internships opportunities
• Maintain the new business welcome packet
• Conduct bi-annual business census to track economic indicators
“Everyone has the right to live in a great place. More importantly, everyone has the right to contribute to making the place where they already live great.” -Fred Kent, President, Project for Public Spaces
Alberta Main Street is a nonprofit community organization focused on advancing the vibrant neighborhood we’ve all cultivated over the years.
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