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* 04/05 - Gresham ESCAC (Environmental Services Community Advisory Committee).
* 04/05 - Gresham ESCAC (Environmental Services Community Advisory Committee).
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Revision as of 18:03, 24 April 2009


The community of Gresham is interested in having a Free Geek computer reuse and recycling operation in their area. The thought for now is to run this as a branch of Free Geek Portland rather than starting a seperate non-profit.

Community Partners

  • City of Gresham - Department of Environmental Services
  • Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Gresham Optimists Club
  • Gresham Ford


These are offers that have been made, none accepted to date.

Short Term

  • 7,000 SF temporary facility (defunct Suzuki dealership), 2 months free rent, then slidng scale (pay what we can) for up to one year - donated by Gresham Ford
  • Office furniture - donated by the City of Gresham, desks, chairs and filing cabinets.
  • Vehicle - 1990 Isuzu Trooper, 4 cylinder - donated by David Pool

Long Term

  • Garbage fee rate increase through the City of Gresham, could result in $5,000 to $25,000 per year.
  • DEQ Solid Waste and Recycling grant, approx. $50,000 available in Jan. 2007 (application due Sept '06).

Proposal Outline


  • Create FG Gresham Community Council, start having regular meetings in Gresham.
  • Contact local non-profits, seeking council participation.
  • Search for appropriate space (ongoing).

After space is a acquired:

  • Send 1 FG-PDX staffer to coordinate new location for approx. three months.
  • Start allowing community members to volunteer, create community council.
  • Start accepting donations on a limited basis.
  • Start recycling operation ASAP.
  • Hire additional staff as revenue increases.
  • Replace FG-PDX staff with permanent FG-Gresham staff as needed.

Project Needs

  • $10,000 - $15,000 in startup funds (possibly more due to high rent costs)
  • $10,000 - $15,000 in follow up funds to expand staff and other income generating operations.
  • $10,000 in additional funds to make up operational loss until DEQ grant funds are available in the beginning of 2007.
  • Vehicle for transportation of personnel and materials between FG-PDX and FG-Gresham.
  • Forklift
  • Shelving
  • Furniture
  • Construction materials

Organizational Structure Proposal

  • Undecided at this point.


  • 02/22 - City of Gresham - DES
  • 03/01 - Gresham Ford (at Gresham City Hall)
  • 03/23 - Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce
  • 04/05 - Gresham ESCAC (Environmental Services Community Advisory Committee).