Oregon City named national Main Street award semifinalist
Downtown Oregon City Association (DOCA) has been selected as a semifinalist for the 2018 Great American Main Street Award. This award is given out by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Semifinalists are selected by a national jury of community development professionals and representatives of government agencies involved in economic development and historic preservation. Out of the 10 national semifinalists, three winners will be announced at the Main Street Now Conference in March in Kansas City.
DOCA participates in the Oregon Main Street Network, a program housed in Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department. Oregon Main Street is a Main Street America Coordinating Program and works with communities to develop comprehensive, incremental revitalization strategies based on a community's unique assets, character and heritage.
"The transformation of Downtown Oregon City over the past nine years has been absolutely remarkable," said Sheri Stuart, coordinator of the statewide Oregon Main Street program. "When DOC 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."
Since 2009, nearly $42 million has been invested in the district's buildings, streetscapes and infrastructure, and 28 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, and 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 Executive Director Jonathan Stone.
Oregon City also will host the Oregon Main Street Conference in October. The conference kicks off on Wednesday, Oct. 4, with a keynote and awards banquet that celebrates the revitalization achievements of Main Street organizations across the state. The event also commemorates Oregon Main Street's 10th anniversary. More information about the conference can be found at omsconference.ticketleap.com.
To learn more about the Oregon Main Street Network, visit oregonheritage.org.