Summer Staff in Ontario
In Mid-July, two Oregon Heritage Summer Staff traveled to Ontario, Oregon. They set up a field office in the local coffee shop and spent a week supporting Revitalize Ontario! the local downtown revitalization organization. Each summer Oregon Heritage recruits Historic Preservation students to go around the state supporting the efforts of Oregon Main Street communities. When these staff members go to a community, they typically aim to provide basic information to the community about their buildings and offer support to the local business owners.
The main task of the Summer Staff in Ontario was surveying historic buildings in the downtown area. What this means is staff members walk Ontario’s downtown streets looking at buildings, photographing them and assessing their historic integrity. Additionally, they met with local community members to understand which buildings they thought were important. They also met with business owners to help them make small changes to improve their storefronts. The trip to Ontario was meant to give community members a leg-up when planning their revitalization.
Staff members drank great coffee and got to know wonderful community members. They are currently writing a report that will make its way back to Ontario with recommendations for the future. This assistance is available to communities participating in the Oregon Main Street Program.
For more information on the Main Street Program go to:http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/SHPO/pages/mainstreet.aspx
– By Savannah Herrell, 2015 Summer Staff at Oregon Heritage.