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by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Outgoing FABA Secretary, Nancy Chapin of HYPERLINK http://www.tsgpdx.com/ TSG Services, left, spends a moment with FABA President Kristin ONeill of HYPERLINK http://www.knockoutwords.com/ Knock Out Words.At the annual general meeting of the Foster Area Business Association (FABA) on December 4, after considerable discussion, the organization voted to reduce the geographic area of Southeast Portland it intends to serve.

The meeting began as vendors from “Carts on Foster” brought in a wide variety of hearty foods and snacks enjoyed by the attendees while they chatted at tables in the venue’s Pod Bar.

“We’re focusing on building momentum in 2014,” said FABA President Kristin O'Neill of “Knock Out Words”.

“We want to better work with area organizations, including our three neighborhood associations, and Foster Green and Foster United. These are people who are already doing important work; we want to try to support them,” O’Neill told THE BEE.

A big focus will be member engagement, she added. “We’re introducing a survey tonight. The purpose of this is to see what members really want this business district to look like. This will help us create a vision of what we want to work toward.

“We’ll leverage this information to create branding and ‘place-making’ programs. We also look forward to creating ‘place-making’ events that helps the area look more appealing and attractive to both shoppers and businesses.”

Also, the FABA Board is helping the Lents neighborhood to establish its own business district, O'Neill added. “We see this as a cooperative effort that will help both of our districts.” Up till now, the FABA service area followed Foster Road deep into Lents.

By the time the meeting was over, the FABA members had voted to revise the bylaws to change the organization’s boundaries to S.E. 49th Avenue on the west to S.E. 82nd on the east – plus the two blocks on either side of Foster Road between those two streets.

A 2014 FABA Board of Directors was elected:

· President: Kristin O'Neill, Knock Out Words

· Vice President: Steve Woolard, Carts on Foster

· Secretary: Tarin O'Brien, US Bank

· Treasurer: Matthew Mi

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At-Large Members: Janet Grayson of Maylie & Grayson Attorneys, and Terah Beth Baltzer Varga from Foster Our Block.

FABA leadership urged area businesspeople and residents to take that brief online survey, mentioned earlier: docs.google.com/forms/d/1NWBxmdaRYenI3Qa5rC9Sb0CzrOszXxOs97E6OfrSNW8/viewform

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