Alberta Main Street Urgent Funding Update
April 30, 2018
Mayor Wheeler’s proposed FY 18-19 budget decisions*, released today, includes $25,500 in one-time resources to support Alberta Main Street. This funding is not secure until City Council votes on the final budget, but we are in a much better position thanks to all of the outreach from our community. Thank you!
*Please note, the summary on page 39 states that we are in the process of winding down our participation in the Main Street Program – this is not the case!
This funding is for Administrative and Operating (A&O) expenses and represents a 23% decrease from this year. Funds can only be used for administrative and operating expenses, including, but not limited to, salary and benefits, payroll taxes, insurance, utilities, rent, office equipment, furnishings and supplies, and professional services such as bookkeeping, Certified Public Accountant, and attorney.
Additionally, this funding requires we secure matching funds prior to disbursement. Please show your support for Alberta Main Street by making a tax-deductible contribution today. We need your support now more than ever!
April 12, 2018
We Need Your Help!
Prosper Portland’s (formerly Portland Development Commission) 2018-19 general fund budget request, proposed eliminating 100% of City general funds ($33,000) for Alberta Main Street as part of their 5% reduction package, despite the Budget Advisory Committee’s recommendation to the contrary. Prosper Portland also proposed eliminating 100% of other funding (an additional $33,000) Alberta Main Street receives via Prosper Portland.
Alberta Main Street is a small volunteer-driven community and economic development organization serving NE Alberta Street. Combined, the proposed cuts represent 37% of our annual budget and would have detrimental impacts on our organization and on a community that has a history of disinvestment.
The funds proposed for elimination support district wide and targeted capital projects on Alberta Street (e.g., historical markers project, mini grant program, garbage cans, public art, etc.) and approximately 50% of our Executive Director’s salary. While we are disappointed in this decision, we hope to work with the Mayor and City Council to demonstrate the value and need for continued investment.
- Share why you support our work. (Note: we received feedback that it is most effective to receive personal messages from stakeholders, sharing why you appreciate the work being done by Alberta Main Street. Even a sentence or two of your own thoughts is helpful. Petitions and form emails are less effective.)
- Ask Mayor Wheeler and all members of Council to reject Prosper Portland’s proposed cut and to include $25,500 for Alberta Main Street in the 2018-19 general fund budget and to direct Prosper Portland to continue investing Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area (ICURA) funds up to $25,000 to support district wide and targeted investments.
Mayor Ted Wheeler - mayorwheeler@portlandoregon.
Commissioner Chloe Eudaly – firstname.lastname@example.org
Commissioner Nick Fish - email@example.com
Commissioner Amanda Fritz - firstname.lastname@example.org
Commissioner Dan Saltzman - email@example.com
Alberta Main Street is making a difference in our community and depends on the support of everyone with a stake in creating a vibrant neighborhood commercial corridor, increasing local employment opportunities, and supporting equitable development, including the City of Portland!
Alberta Main Street creates a vibrant neighborhood and community
Alberta Main Street is building a healthy, complete neighborhood by engaging community members in developing and implementing culturally sensitive, accessible programs that directly address community members’ needs.
- In 2017, 175 community members, primarily area residents, contributed 1500 volunteer hours to Alberta Main Street, equivalent to a $36,225 investment in the community.
- As part of our ongoing strategic planning process, Alberta Main Street recently conducted a series of listening sessions, interviews, and an online survey engaging input from 99 diverse community stakeholders. Alberta Main Street has completed several placemaking projects benefitting the district and the surrounding neighborhoods.
- Alberta Main Street events (Earth Day Clean Up, Alberta Street Fair, Trick or Treat Alberta Street, and Gnome for the Holidays) engage diverse community members in creating a vibrant neighborhood and community.
Growing family-wage jobs
Alberta Main Street provides support, technical assistance, and referrals to over 200 small business owners so they can grow and hire new employees.
- Working with community partners, Alberta Main Street connects local businesses seeking employees to local job seekers, with a focus on employees of color.
- Alberta Main Street conducts six small business seminars annually. Post-seminar evaluations document that 99% of attendees find the seminars valuable and report that they will utilize the content to improve their business.
Alberta Main Street advances opportunities for prosperity
Alberta Main Street serves one of Portland’s most diverse businesses districts.
- 55% of Alberta Street businesses are women owned
- 25% of Alberta Street businesses are minority owned (including 7% black-owned businesses)
- 23% of Alberta Street properties are minority owned
Alberta Main Street implements and supports projects that focus on growing small businesses, particularly minority and women-owned businesses and those owned by low-income individuals. For example, Alberta Main Street’
equity-focused mini grant program includes funding bonuses for minority, woman and low-income-owned business/ properties.
Alberta Main Street collaborates with partners for an equitable city
Collaboration with community organizations and the private sector is central to Alberta Main Street’ job creation, place-making and community economic development work. Alberta Main Street ensures that all stakeholders benefit from its work, including communities of color and those that have been historically underserved.
- Funds received from Prosper Portland ($66,000) directly leverage nearly double ($210,600) in private investment.
- Alberta Main Street’s equity focused mini grants, which provide funding for small-scale capital improvements, consistently leverage private sector investment at a 2:1 ratio.
- Last year, Alberta Main Street events, programs and activities drew 35,000 people to the district resulting in an estimated economic impact of over $5 million.
- Alberta Main Street is working on the Alberta Street Historical Markers project, a placemaking project that will honor the history of the African American community on Alberta Street. The Historical Markers Leadership Committee leading the project comprises primarily (80%) black community members.
- Alberta Main Street received a $100,000 Oregon Main Revitalization Street Grant from the State Historic Preservation Office for a project that will preserve and improve a historically significant property owned by a nonprofit affordable housing organization that serves low-income and minority residents. This project also will retain an African American owned business that is an Alberta Street institution. This funding is only available to Main Street programs.