What is the Jade?

In 2011, the City of Portland selected the Jade District as one of 8 Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative (NPI) districts. While first being housed by the 82nd Avenue of Roses Business Association, it was later adopted by the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO).  The Jade District is a program of APANO that focuses on community development work in the neighborhood around Southeast 82nd Avenue and Division Street.  We take a comprehensive approach to helping the neighborhood develop without displacing the residents and businesses in the neighborhood.

Our neighborhood includes one of the most diverse census tracts in the State of Oregon, with a population comprised of a majority of people of color.

Currently, the Jade District is a place-based, community building and economic development program of the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) Communities United Fund focused on improving the ten block area radius surrounding Southeast 82nd Ave and Southeast Division Street.

Our Vision

Our work is both centered and driven by our community of people that work, live, and play in the Jade District. Throughout the summer of 2014, the Jade District held a community visioning through a series of individual workshops followed by a community charrette for nearly 200 participants in Cantonese, Vietnamese, Russian, Spanish and English. This process focused on our built environment and also touched upon health, education, and transportation.

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jade night market rendering
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Mission, Vision & Values

Our mission values are to build power, health, and stability for the residents of the Jade District.

Power means that the residents of the Jade District have a voice with local government on issues that affect them and residents determine the future of the neighborhood.

Health means we want our residents to have the healthy outcomes from all sources, including access to parks and green space, safe streets to walk on, and clean air in our environments.

Stability means that the folks that make up this neighborhood should be able to stay here if they choose to, and not forced out due to the rising cost of living or any other reason.

Results of a 2014 community visioning process:

Ensuring that the homes in the Jade District will be affordable and accessible for our residents to have a stable home as the area develops, grows and changes.  

A Neighborhood Home for All

Through grants, workshops, and technical assistance, the Jade District facilitates the growth of the local economy and supports and stabilizes small businesses that reflect the diversity of the cultures present in the Jade District.

Small Business Development

The Jade District advocates for commercial and residential streets that are safe and accessible for pedestrians and bikers.  This also includes equitable investments from public transportation projects and investments.

Transportation Justice

Park and green spaces are essential hubs for community members and families to host social gatherings, access to safe areas for exercise and play while also improving the greenery and air quality.

Parks and Green Space