Help guide our region’s recoveryCan your organization step up and lead one of the 14 actions identified in the Greater Portland Economic Recovery Plan still in need of a champion? Or is your organization already pursuing actions noted below? We want to connect!
Scroll through the list of actions below. If your organization has expertise in any of the following areas and has the ability and interest in leading these specific initiatives, please contact Brittany Bagent, GPI’s VP of Strategy, at email@example.com.
Keep in mind that while lead organizations are champions or key points of contact for the actions, they are not solely responsible for implementation. Metro and GPEDD staff will help secure additional support the work of lead organizations.
Help Small Businesses Recover & Grow
- Develop a regional ecommerce boot-camp in different languages with cultural competency with technical training, software and platform development to incorporate ecommerce sales into business plan.
- For the manufacturing sector, develop a regional virtual B2B marketplace that builds off the existing Business Oregon PPE marketplace.
- Develop regional process and criteria for grant applications (e.g. timing for applications – need at least one week)
- Develop regional policy to engage building permit department and fire inspectors that meet with businesses to help educate businesses on available grants and programs.
- Engage in regular communications with utility providers including any special districts in order to pulse and coordinate invoice deferral and late fee forgiveness.
- Develop one regional volunteer network to help all organizations with basic support (e.g. how to have a Zoom call) for clients
- Develop a website portal for people to post finance needs and all potential lenders (e.g. Banks, CDFIs) can respond.
- Provide adequate funding to CDFIs for technical assistance (20%) and underwriting administration (5%) with all grant and loan capital.
- Convene banks, credit unions, and CDFI lenders to improve collaboration on loans and use of funds to comply with Community Reinvestment Act (CRA).
Support Families & Children
- Develop regional standard to improve flexibility of land use code for use of retail space and allowing child care facilities to meet expansion needs.
- Work with City of Portland Digital Divide program and expand provision across region. Provides Chromebooks and internet service.
- Begin to coordinate with private communication providers on weak service zones within the region and resolve. (Long-term action that ties into CEDS)
- Establish a grant fund to increase amount of subsidy for child care tuition for families making 80% of median household income.
- Establish a fund by private business that invests in a child care service network that supports their employees.