Poster: Community-Based Economic Development in Portland

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

You'll learn about:

  • How Portland implements the Oregon Main Street Program
  • How to use mixed-methods research to measure the efficacy of programs
  • Changes in economic development as they relate to sense of place in Portland

The City of Portland, Oregon, has earned its reputation for fostering small businesses. Ninety-five percent of businesses in Portland have 50 or fewer employees, and 76 percent of those businesses have between one and 10 employees. These businesses play an important role in Portland’s economy and also in creating a sense of place.

The Oregon Main Street Program aims to help small businesses in Portland. How well does this program actually support small, local businesses there? This poster examines Alberta Street, one of the three participating neighborhoods in Portland, and assesses its success since joining the Main Street Program in 2009 with regard to economic returns, urban design features, and business owner satisfaction.


Ali Lau , Eugene , OR (see bio)