A rising tide for business and heritage in Coos Bay
Representatives of the Oregon Main Street program traveled to Coos Bay this week to undertake a program review of the Coos Bay Downtown Association’s efforts to revitalize the city’s downtown. The term “Program Review” may sound a little intimidating; but the process is less about critique and more about helpful advice. The team chatted with business owners, volunteers and even mayor Crystal Shoji about the association’s efforts to improve downtown Coos Bay. The CBDA has a lot to be proud of including the famous Blackberry Arts Festival and one of Oregon’s largest and best farmers’ markets.
The visit culminated in a wrap-up meeting where Oregon Main Street coordinator Sheri Stuart and downtown revitalization expert Cary Tyson offered observations and advice to the Coos Bay Downtown Association board. The team will also generate a report for the group.
Their advice came at no cost to the Coos Bay Downtown Association. It is one of the many amenities available to communities participating in the Oregon Main Street Network. To find out more about the Main Street Program in Oregon go to: http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/SHPO/pages/mainstreet.aspx
Coos bay is definitely on the upswing. Places like the recently rehabilitated Egyptian Theater to the new 7 Devils Brew Pub make Coos Bay an excellent place to stop and visit. If you need any more reasons to come it happens to be the site of the 2015 Oregon Heritage conference from April 22-24th. Come and see all great things going on in Coos Bay. For more on the Oregon Heritage Conference go to: http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/pages/conference.aspx
Do you have any favorite places in Coos Bay?