Leaders of several East Portland business associations celebrated and dined for good reason on January 22 - they were picking up grant checks from the City of Portland. The event was the Alliance of Portland Neighborhood Business Association's (APNBA) grant awards, at the Ambridge Conference Center.
After a buffet dinner, the program began with a speech by Portland City Commissioner Sam Adams.
Adams told the attendees, 'Not taking anything away from neighborhood associations, it seemed to me that we also need to support our business districts. In addition to these grants, we have secured a grant, from the City of $250,000 to help support the operations of the APNBA.'
Adams said that, for 14 years, citizens and politicians have tried to change the City's business tax structure. 'We were told businesses do not need tax relief. But, thanks to members of the APNBA and other members of the business community, nearly 14,000 businesses will pay lower fees, starting in about a year an a half.'
Concluding his remarks, Adams commended the businesspeople saying, 'You have stood with one another. You have shown what happens when you work with one another.'
Then, as he distributed the grant checks, APNBA president Patrick Donaldson called representatives of each group up, and recognized their projects.
As Jane Glanville, newly-edlected President, and Barry Evans, VP, of the Woodstock Community Business Association (WCBA) came forward, Donaldson commented how the funds would help the association better communicate among its members and the public.
After the program, Jane Glanville told us, 'This is a fantastic opportunity. These funds will allow us to start a more comprehensive Woodstock Business Association website. [Its current website, hosted by the Woodstock Neighborhood Assn., is: www.woodstockbiz.com.] This project will connect everybody. It will help promote our parade, and Woodstock Festival this summer. We hope it will allow everyone to participate in building a better Woodstock area.' This business association also serves the western half of the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood.
At the same event, grant checks were also given to the Gateway Area, Midway, Division/Clinton, and '82nd Avenue of Roses' business associations.