Jonathan Stone steps down as Executive Director of Downtown Oregon City Association

Jonathan Stone

Jonathan Stone

Downtown Oregon City Association (Main Street Oregon City, Inc.) announced today that Jonathan Stone will officially resign as Executive Director effective January 4, 2019. He served as Executive Director since October 2013.

In his statement, Jonathan shared that he was offered an exciting opportunity to work in community development closer to his family. “Just five years ago, Oregon City was a very different place. It has been an honor working side-by-side with the volunteers, business and property owners, partners, and community members to make Downtown Oregon City the incredibly special place it has become. The future is bright with the Willamette Falls Legacy Project, redevelopment of the courthouse, and increasing regional and national attention. I am confident that DOCA’s Board and Staff will continue to open doors for downtown’s revitalization.”

Jonathan capitalized on prior property and streetscape improvements by introducing initiatives such as year-round street tree lights, clean and safe services, inaugural Best of Oregon City People’s Choice Awards, signature summer events, the City’s tourism plan, and local management of the Oregon City Municipal Elevator. Under his leadership, Oregon City was honored with the prestigious 2018 Great American Main Street Award.

The Board of Directors is establishing a Search Committee to recruit an Executive Director to implement its new strategic plan. Liz Hannum has stepped in to serve as Interim Executive Director until a permanent replacement is found. Since joining DOCA in May as Programs Manager, Liz created the Downtown Wine Walk, expanded DOCA’s merchandise program, and has led placemaking projects. She has prior leadership experience with downtowns in Oregon, New Mexico, and South Dakota.

“Jonathan has left a positive mark on the organization and the community. We are sad to see him leave but are excited for his new opportunity,” stated DOCA President, Carol Pauli. “DOCA’s recently adopted strategic plan focuses on building community and cultivating commerce. We look forward to rolling out new and refreshed programs in the coming year that strengthen the relationships of our stakeholders and connect downtown with the rest of the city.”

Please join Board, staff, and community members to an open house and reception in honor of Jonathan’s service to Oregon City on Friday, January 4th from 4pm to 7pm at the DOCA Office (814 Main Street). Visit https://www.downtownoregoncity.org for more information.

Interested candidates should visit https://www.downtownoregoncity.org/jobs for more information.

About Downtown Oregon City Association

Formed in 2009 as Main Street Oregon City, the Downtown Oregon City Association (DOCA) is an award-winning 501c(3) charitable non-profit organization focused on the revitalization of Oregon City’s 175-year-old downtown. It is accredited nationally by Main Street America. DOCA is supported by a 12-member Board of Directors, volunteers, and professional staff working on a broad cross-section of projects; all designed to support a more vibrant community, preserve and restore Oregon City’s historic civic center, and enhance the economic opportunity of Oregon City’s citizens and entrepreneurs.

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