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Economic Development

Past and Current Economic Development projects/programs and issues have been addressed through workshops designed to provide participants with specific knowledge of: techniques and resources available; access services to which they are referred or about which they are given information; how to practice good money management techniques; how to use sound money management practices; and how to improve their financial stability and overall quality of life.


Some of the issues have included:

  • Home ownership 

  • Job opportunities

  • Understanding how the U.S. economic system works

  • Economic leveraging

  • Adopt a black business

  • Jobs for black women and youth

  • Financial planning for the future

Portland Alumnae Chapter has developed the Piedmont Rose Connection, Inc., a non-profit organization 501(c)(3) organization which supports the activities of the Portland Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 

One of Portland Alumnae Chapter's most cherished economic accomplishments has been the purchase of the chapter property at 5940 N. Albina Ave, the June Key Delta Community Center. JKDCC is a "green" living building project developed, owned, and operated by the Portland Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. that provides and sustains the needs of the multi-cultural neighborhood it serves, encouraging sound and healthy social, educational, artistic, economic, and environmental development and awareness. With JKDCC, Portland Alumnae Chapter has led the way in owning one of the first grassroots and African American owned "living building" in the country. 

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