On 4/9/2012 as Historic Parkrose was founded (under the name Parkrose NPI) by a broad cross-section of people representing the area’s business community, residents, property owners, district organizations, and community groups because they saw a need for Parkrose and the surrounding community. The Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative (NPI) is a program initiated by Prosper Portland (formerly called Portland Development Commission/PDC) to strengthen the economic competitiveness of neighborhood business districts through community-planned and community-implemented actions and projects. Historic Parkrose has been on a mission, since, to strengthen our business district and build a culture of community and economic opportunity around Sandy Blvd.
Our Founding Members:
Founding Chair: Joe Rossi
Founding Board Members and Future Executive Board Members:
PDC / Prosper Portland Representative:
Historic Parkrose was founded to focus on:
- Increasing the visibility of the business district
- Growing job opportunities
- Strengthening existing businesses
- Filling vacant spaces
- Storefront Improvements
- Community Projects
How does it work?
Historic Parkrose has a board of directors and a small staff. Businesses in our designated district can apply for grants and assistance. We use our Tax increment financing (TIF) funds to provide funding for capital improvement projects such as:
- Improvements to business exteriors and interiors
- Street furniture
- Trash cans
- District signage
- Gateway markers
- Other small-scale, permanent capital improvements
What Have We Done Since 2012?
Historic Parkrose has a lot to be proud of. Since 2014 we have funded over a dozen district improvement projects, we have offered technical assistance for businesses, we founded the annual festival, the Taste of Parkrose, we have supported projects like the Immigrant of the Year Award, neighborhood clean ups, mural paintings and so much more.