Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative & Main Street Network
The Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative (NPI) and Main Street Network is a PDC program focused on community economic development at the neighborhood scale. A community-driven, self-help approach is at the heart of this work. With grants, training, and support from PDC, each district is responsible for planning and implementing projects to improve the local commercial district.
Each organization is led by a board of directors, staffed by a district manager, and guided by input and participation from neighbors, businesses and community groups. District managers develop relationships with district businesses and work with the board and other volunteers to implement specific projects that drive business growth.
The NPI and Main Street Network is a key component of the City’s Neighborhood Economic Development Strategy (NED) - a citywide initiative to foster economic opportunity and neighborhood vitality throughout Portland neighborhoods, with a focus on low-income and communities of color.
In order to ensure that program benefits are shared by all community members, each district will develop and implement a District Equity Strategy that addresses leadership, outreach, and the distribution of resources.
Eight Network Districts
In 2009, districts were selected to participate in the Portland Main Street program through a competitive application process. Two years later the NPI districts were created, with a focus on areas located in priority neighborhoods (outside URAs), experiencing lagging commercial investments, with a higher than citywide poverty rate, and a higher concentration of minority-owned or neighborhood serving businesses.
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District Contact Information
PDC Staff Contact
Dana DeKlyen, PDC
NPI & Main Street Network Program Manager
503-823-3312 or email