Annual Meeting Recap

Annual Meeting Recap

  On Thursday, June 14th, Gateway businesses gathered at Rental Housing Alliance Oregon to celebrate a year of accomplishments with Commissioner Amanda Fritz. Member business Atomic Auto sponsored the meeting, and owner Travis Decker welcomed attendees with a brief speech about the importance of being a part of the association. “Being a part of this association has allowed us as business owners to come to creative solutions together,” said Travis. The meeting then began with a presentation led by Gateway Area Business Association board member Jason Nishikawa of Irvine and Co. CPAs. Jason recapped the past year of activities, which included a district clean-up, mixers and hosting all five city council members at membership luncheons. Jason also previewed activities for the upcoming year. Among those is Cruising Gateway, a car, bicycle and skateboard cruise-in that showcases all the ways around Gateway. Advantage Gateway Funeral & Cremation Services will host a car cruise-in, Outer Rim Bicycle Shop will host a bicycle cruise-in and a skateboard cruise-in will take place at Gateway Discovery Park. Attendees can also participate in activities hosted by local business vendors. Member businesses also learned that they’ll be receiving a new benefit for the upcoming year – professional photography! The association announced a professional photographer will be visiting members to capture 3 photographs that businesses can use in their own marketing. Following the presentation, Hospitality Committee chair Karen Montez of KPM Business Services facilitated a discussion where attendees were asked “What would you like to celebrate as an association in one year?” Members vocalized that they wanted to celebrate another year of informative guest speakers and a...

Cherry Blossom Meals on Wheels Needs Your Help!

  Meals on Wheels needs your help! They are at an all-time low on both Center Helpers and Drivers at the moment. Can you help?  Kids 12 and older can volunteer in the dining room, and kids can ride along with an adult to deliver meals.  All volunteers 16 and older need to complete a background check.   Volunteer opportunities: Meals on Wheels Delivery Driver: Deliver meals to home bound seniors Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays weekly routes & On-Call 10:00am-12:00pm Center Helpers: Assist staff to prepare, serve and clean up the lunch dining service Monday-Friday 10:00am-1:00pm Please follow this link to register as a volunteer and then make an appointment with my office for a Volunteer Orientation.  Your background check application will be submitted and a tour with volunteer opportunities description will be...
Development Update: 9745 NE Glisan Street

Development Update: 9745 NE Glisan Street

Northwest Housing Alternatives is proposing a new development at 9745 NE Glisan Street. The development is 4 stories and has 160 units serving small households at or below 60% of area median income. Rents are estimated to be set at $700-$900.  Construction is estimated to begin in October of 2018. View floor plans and building renditions here. Questions or comments? Reach out to Monika Elgert of Northwest Housing Alternatives at elgert@nwhousing.org or 503.654.1007...
Meet your Neighbor: Mark Fulop of Portland Adventist Community Services

Meet your Neighbor: Mark Fulop of Portland Adventist Community Services

Mark Fulop became the Executive Director for Portland Adventist Community Services (PACS) in December 2017.  PACS has been serving low-income Portlanders and providing community services since 1934. What does your business do? PACS is built around providing three core services.  The Thrift Shop designed to support low-income families with clothing and everyday household goods.  The Food Pantry provides a 3-5 day food supply to over 6,000 households in need every month. The pantry is set up like a grocery store so people can select food from different categories to fit their needs and preferences. The Medical Clinic provides medical services to families in need. What might readers be surprised to know about your business?  The services provided by PACS are made possible by volunteers.  There are about 250 volunteers per month who provide about 44,000 volunteer hours per year… and we also have a mobile food pantry that takes our services to 8 community sites in the region every month. What should the community be excited about for 2018 and PACS? We will be opening a combined medical dental clinic later this year.  This expansion will bring much needed dental care to low income adults in our community. What do you love about Gateway? Having only been in Gateway as the Executive Director since December 2017, I love the diversity of this community as well as the many hidden gems in Gateway. What would a perfect day in Gateway look like? It would be a sunny day and I would have time to walk around the district, visit our business neighbors, meet more members of the community, and discover...
Meeting Recap: Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Chloe Eudaly

Meeting Recap: Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Chloe Eudaly

The Gateway Area Business Association started 2018 by hosting two luncheons with Commissioner Chloe Eudaly and Mayor Ted Wheeler. Commissioner Chloe Eudaly joined us on January 11th. She began her remarks by highlighting her past as a former business owner and addressed the need for affordable  housing and commercial space in Portland. She then took questions from the audience, which included addressing Airbnb’s impact on housing availability and livability issues. At this meeting, Hospitality Committee Chair Karen Montez awarded the Citizen of the Year award to Linda Robinson of Friends of Gateway Green.  “I’ve never seen such a dedication to community, to neighborhoods, to involvement, to improvement of everything we have here, be it business, residential, parks” said Karen Montez regarding Linda Robinson. Mayor Ted Wheeler attended our luncheon on February. The Mayor spoke to the coordinated approach outlined in the Gateway Action Plan to focus investments on three key areas in the district: the Halsey/Weidler corridor ($20 million), Gateway Transit Center ($8 million) and Central Gateway ($2 million). There is an opportunity fund of $5 million with no geographic boundary. The Mayor answered questions regarding crime & livability support in the district, traffic concerns and regulations on cannabis businesses. The full text of Mayor Wheeler’s opening remarks can be found...

Vegan in Gateway?

  Lots of new businesses are popping up in the Gateway area, including many catering to the vegan community. Meat-eaters should not be averse to giving these tasty restaurants a try! All-Vegan Businesses: Plantwiches (Food Cart) 11124b NE Halsey St (503) 760-8897 Vegan Gorditos (Food Cart) 11155 NE Weidler St (503) 780-6080 Food Fight! Grocery 11155 NE Halsey St 503-889-0685 Jet Black Coffee Company 11150 NE Weidler St (503) 889-0739 Good Vegan Options: Namaste Indian Bazaar 10306 NE Halsey St (503)-253-1380 Siam Grill 10355 NE Halsey St (503)...