About Alberta Main Street

Equity Commitment

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 stakeholders and community members in creating the conditions for broader change.

Alberta Main Street is committed to being both a leader and a catalyst in promoting equity and inclusion within the 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 the Alberta Arts District.


  1. Create a sustainable business district with positive social, economic, & environmental impacts
  2. Strengthen the district’s ability to attract and support local artists and other creative business owners
  3. Support existing and new small businesses and building owners


  1. Include, honor & celebrate all of the diversity within the community
  2. Ensure accessibility to all income levels
  3. Prioritize the safety of residents and visitors
  4. 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. What follows is the result of that meeting. As we continue to seek input for the long term community vision, this document will remain organic and responsive to the community.


Community Vision – By 2030, Alberta Main Street will:
  • 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 & community mixers
• Recruits new Board members to increase the diversity of leadership
• Increase Board member accountability & improve internal structures
• Explore sustainable funding options & engage business and community members in its work
• Strengthen volunteer outreach for Alberta Main Street committees and events, recruiting new volunteers of different races, ethnicities, ages, genders, abilities and sexual orientations

Design Committee
The Design committee is responsible for getting Alberta Street into top 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
• Maintains inventory, conducts research and photographs Alberta Street art
• Manages maintenance of existing projects

Promotions Committee
The Promotions committee is responsible for promoting Alberta Street as the place to live, shop, eat and play for both residents and visitors. It also:
• Pilots Retail Happy Hour
• Coordinates the annual Alberta Street Fair
• Organizes the September Sidewalk Sale
• Coordinates Trick or Treat Alberta Street
• Coordinates Lit Up & Local: A Month of Merriment on Alberta Street
• Hosts the Earth Day District Clean Up

Business Development Committee
The Business Development committee is responsible for analyzing current economic conditions and identifying opportunities for market growth, strengthening existing businesses, recruiting new members, and supporting the overall health of the district. It also:
• Coordinates bi-monthly seminar series
• Links businesses/local youth with mentorship & internships opportunities
• Maintains the new business welcome packet
• Conducts bi-annual business census to track economic indicators

Equitable Alberta Street Grant

“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 Alberta neighborhood.

Alberta Main Street is a nonprofit community organization working to keep Alberta Street local, creative, equitable and …. Alberta!


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