Action Alert: Proposed street fund will collect $46 million per year from Portland businesses and residents

Venture Portland has provided the following summary to its business district members; in turn, SIBA is sharing it with our members. On Monday, Mayor Hales and Commissioner Novick announced the newly named ‘Portland Street Fund’ which will collect $46 million/year from businesses and residents (approximately $33.8 million will be available for transportation improvements). Venture Portland knows that safe and well-maintained roads are critical to the success of neighborhood businesses and business districts and a key component of a healthy, connected city and thriving economy. Which is why, over the last six months, Venture Portland joined neighborhood business owners and business... read more

SIBA helps to officially open PCC Swan Island Trades Center

On September 17, leaders from Portland Community  College, businesses on Swan Island, SIBA and elected officials cut the ceremonial ribbon and officially opened the doors to the new Swan Island Trades Center (SITC).  Strategically deciding to bring their Trades & Industry department down to the businesses that need skilled technicians, PCC used 2008 bond funds to purchase the land at 6400 N. Cutter Circle and renovate the building that had originally housed the State Motor Pool.  The department’s programs include Facilities Management/HVAC-R, Fiber Optics, Pre-Apprenticeship and Electrical Trades. Embracing the value that SITC would bring to Swan Island, SIBA members... read more