Downtown Oregon City Named Top-Ten Revitalization Program Nationally
Jury selects Downtown Oregon City Association as Semi-Finalist for 2018 Great American Main Street Award
Downtown Oregon City Association (DOCA) has been selected as a Semi-Finalist for the 2018 Great American Main Street Award. It was chosen from a very competitive pool of Main Street organizations from across the country and is now recognized as a top-ten program for 2018. The National Main Street Center is revealing Semi-Finalists throughout the week and announced Oregon City on Wednesday via social media. All the Semi-Finalists will be revealed by Friday afternoon at facebook.com/NationalMainStreetCenter.
Oregon City is still in the running to be one of three winners which will be announced at the Main Street Now Conference in Kansas in March. The Award, selected by a national jury of community development professionals and representatives of government agencies involved in economic development and historic preservation, recognizes exceptional Main Street communities whose successes serve as a model for comprehensive, preservation-based commercial district revitalization.
The transformation of Downtown Oregon City over the past nine years has been absolutely remarkable,” claimed Sheri Stuart, coordinator of the statewide Oregon Main Street program. “When DOCA joined the Main Street network, there were just a handful of participating Main Street programs in the state. Now, there are over 90. Many of our programs look to Oregon City as a model revitalization effort. We are thrilled DOCA has made it this far in the process.”
DOCA’s application highlighted the hardships that Oregon City is overcoming including the closing of the Blue Heron Mill, years-long closure of the Arch Bridge, a disruptive streetscape project, and the departure of County administrative offices. Since 2009, nearly $42 million has been invested in the district’s buildings, streetscapes, and infrastructure and 28 net new businesses have opened. DOCA’s volunteers have invested more than 8,000 hours.
“This is an honor shared by the Oregon City community, downtown businesses, property owners, volunteers and supporters as well as our partner organizations. It validates the sweat and tears of everyone that has given of their time and money to make Downtown Oregon City a place we can all be proud of,” said DOCA President, Carol Pauli. “Now with announced developments, the Willamette Falls Legacy Project, and a growing retail base Downtown is about to make another giant leap forward.”