Portland’s Central Eastside Industrial Council calls for a ‘collaborative recovery plan’
NAI Elliott real estate asset manager and Central Eastside Together board president, Mike Larkin co-authored an opinion piece for the Portland Business Journal calling on our elected officials to start working towards a collaborative recovery plan for Portland businesses. As our small businesses struggle and houselessness continues to increase, it will take our local elected leaders working together with businesses and non-profits to find a way forward.
“Our businesses want to show up for their community. As the Central Eastside Industrial District grew into a major economic center in the last decade, with nearly 23,000 jobs, the district experienced increased challenges around transportation, affordable housing, cleanliness and safety. Central Eastside's business community responded to these challenges in 2019 by creating an Enhanced Service District to directly contribute to the district’s vitality. All property managers/owners pay a fee which goes directly to services like cleaning, safety, graffiti abatement and community grants.”
We manage several buildings in the central eastside industrial district that house small businesses, including the iconic Olympic Mills Commerce Center, and have worked hard to make sure our tenants continue to feel safe. Through the help of a collaborative recovery effort from our elected officials, we will be better situated to continue with those efforts and help in the growth of all the innovative small businesses in the area.