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Upgrades help volunteers produce quality work at Gresham community media center

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - The renovated building allows MetroEast Community Media to create better content for Gresham. Driving west from Burnside Road on Eighth Street in Gresham, it's impossible to miss the shiny new exterior to one of the most important resources in the community.

MetroEast Community Media not only has strong new branding outside its main studio, 829 N.E. Eighth St., but it also has remodeled the interior to better serve its mission of educating people in media literacy and creating meaningful content.

"This is now the most intentionally creative space in East County," said Martin Jones, MetroEast CEO.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Martin Jones, MetroEast Community Media CEO, spoke during their mixer event Tuesday evening, Oct. 16, in celebration of the revamped space. MetroEast showcased its new look during an Oregon Media Production Association mixer Tuesday night, Oct. 16. In addition to checking out the new space, participants took part in an informational webinar, enjoyed food catered by Elephants Delicatessen, took photos at the Stumptown Booth, and networked with peers. The event coincides with national Free Speech Week and Community Media Day, set for Saturday, Oct. 20.

"With everything we have done, so many people now know what we do in this space," Jones said. "We wanted this place to feel like a creative home, because for us this is more than just a job."

MetroEast has served the community for 35 years, 15 of those in its current location. The facility now has a new 4K high-definition projector with a 15-foot screen, a new logo and branding, a revamped control room and set, renovated kitchen, fresh paint job and carpets, updated office spaces and a better organized equipment room. All of the changes will make it easier for its staff and volunteers to create award-winning work.

"The building was growing a little long in the tooth," Jones said.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - One of the most important updates to the MetroEast building is better signage. A nonprofit community media hub in Gresham that produces shows for local access cable TV, MetroEast also operates a Rockwood DIY incubator to serve underrepresented populations by sharing access to digital technology.

The celebration was sponsored by the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission, Gresham Ford, The Outlook, Stamp-Connection.com, fully, and BFit Gym.

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