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The banners on streetlights say 'Welcome to Cornelius, Oregon's Family Town.'

STAFF PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - The Cornelius Public Library stands at the heart of the city's downtown.New banners will line the light poles along city streets in downtown Cornelius starting in November.

The banners will say "Welcome to Cornelius, Oregon's Family Town" on one side and the Spanish translation "Bienvenidos a Cornelius, la Ciudad de las Familias en Oregon" on the other, with sponsors' logos on the bottom.

Cornelius has been using similar banners to spruce up the Highway 8 corridor that runs through the middle of town. Rob Drake, outgoing city manager, said it's been a successful program.

"The banners have been a valuable resource, helping us deliver a great first impression to many of our community's first-time visitors. Furthermore, it is without question that these banners have helped us reinforce our brand, brighten and invigorate our business districts and drive attention to our local merchants and organizations," Drake said in a news release. "The program also helps Cornelius by showcasing our community's economic vitality and the support of our local businesses and organizations."

The banners will be placed up and down West Baseline and North Adair streets — respectively, the eastbound and westbound segments of Highway 8 through Cornelius — as well as parts of North 10th, 19th and 20th avenues. So far, 40 different businesses, nonprofits and other organizations have signed up as sponsors for the new banners, and a few dozen are still available.

The banners, which will be displayed for 12 months, are available in packages of one, two, three, five, seven or 10, ranging from $100 per month for one to the best value at $750 per month for 10.

For more information, contact project manager Matt Cottengim at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

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