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ADHDA Receives Grant from U.S. Bancorp Foundation

Thu, Aug 05, 2010

The U.S. Bancorp Foundation awarded a grant in the amount of $2000 to the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association (ADHDA) on Tuesday, August 3, 2010. The funds will go toward transforming the comprehensive downtown building inventory into an online tool that will assist efforts to recruit new businesses to the downtown core, and assist existing businesses with relocation or expansion within the district.

“The overall goal is to make it easier for businesses to find available space downtown, and connect with the property owner or their real estate representative in order to work out purchase or lease agreements,” said Tiffany Estes, president of ADHDA. “This project is something we’re working on with the City of Astoria, CREST and Clatsop Community College,” she said, “and all of us are bringing grants or other resources to the table in order to make this work.”

ADHDA is currently awaiting final approval from the US Department of Agriculture on a Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) that, if awarded, will also go toward this project.

The U.S. Bancorp Foundation provides grants to non-profit organizations that are focused on the Foundation’s priority areas of affordable housing, economic opportunity, education, and artistic and cultural enrichment. Total charitable contributions from the Foundation topped $20.6 million in 2009.
“We are so pleased to have been awarded this grant,” Estes said, “and we thank the Astoria branch of U.S. Bank and the U.S. Bancorp Foundation for supporting this project. It is something that will benefit all of downtown Astoria, as well as the community at large.”

ADHDA is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. It holds a general meeting each month on the first Friday at 8:30 a.m. at Baked Alaska in downtown Astoria. The public is welcome to attend.

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