The 2017 Neighborhood Summit will be a unique event using mobile workshops to introduce attendees to ongoing community work in Portland and Russell. We are excited to show off great community development efforts and hopefully reveal some of the components needed to make these projects a success - and possibly replicate them in your community.  


We are putting together a diverse experience based on responses from a recent community survey and 2016 attendee feedback.  Read below for an overview of the exciting mobile workshops planned for the 2017 Neighborhood Summit.

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Mobile Workshops: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Restaurants and Community Development

Come learn from successful startup businesses and their unique models providing much needed opportunities to dine, drink and gather together.  We will visit and learn from business owners at The Table, Cup of Joy and others on this mobile workshop.

  • Chef Space Kitchen Incubator and Cedar Street housing development

Walking Tour - Experience two big investments adding housing and economic opportunity in Russell. Community Ventures has transformed the former Jay’s Cafeteria into Chef Space, a successful kitchen incubator.  The Cedar Street Development is building 25 new homes in Russell, reducing the number of vacant lots and increasing home ownership opportunities.

  • Housing Redevelopment in Portland and Russell 

Housing is a challenge and an opportunity across our community, including in Russell and Portland. This mobile workshop will explore the work of three organizations investing in housing and community development - REBOUND Inc. the housing development arm of the Louisville Urban League, New Directions Housing Corporation, and the Portland Investment Initiative.  

  • Arts and Neighborhood Revitalization

Residents, artists and arts organizations are working together to enhance Russell and Portland visually, socially, and economically.  Hear from arts organizations large and small while we tour murals across Russell and Portland.  

  • Experience Russell Neighborhood Tour

From 9th Street to 32nd Street from Broadway to Market Street, the Russell neighborhood is one full of history and heroes, architecture and art, innovators and institutions.  This mobile workshop will help you learn to show off your own community while experiencing parts of the Russell neighborhood you may not have known about.

  • Gardens and Greenery Tour

How can a neighborhood become healthier, cleaner, greener and more vibrant? Plant trees, grow gardens and meet more neighbors. Learn from nonprofit and community leaders from Portland and Russell, in partnership with Louisville Grows, Jefferson County Extension Office and others, how you can be more proactive in growing a greener neighborhood.


  • Neighborhood History, Culture and Preservation

Ever wondered how you could better share the history and current happenings of your neighborhood? This mobile workshop is designed to highlight unique story telling institutions in Portland.

More details coming soon.

  • Youth Development

This mobile workshop will explore organizations working to support youth through education, entrepreneurship, technology and the arts.  

More details coming soon.

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