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Oregon Main Street Celebrates Ten Years of Downtown Revitalization!

March 24, 2017


This year Oregon Main Street (OMS) turns ten and it’s a time for us to reflect on what the Oregon Main Street Network has accomplished in the past ten years. Turns out, it is A LOT!

A little background on OMS: Oregon Main Street was re-established in Oregon ten years ago in order to help communities stimulate downtown revitalization while preserving its historic character. It does this by using the successful Main Street® methodology developed by the National Main Street Center as its foundation for assistance. This approach emphasizes four critical areas of revitalization: organization helps everyone work towards the same goals and maximizes involvement of public and private leaders within the community; promotion brings people back downtown by helping to attract visitors, shoppers, and investors; design enhances a district’s appearance and pedestrian amenities while preserving its historic features; and economic vitality stimulates business development and helps strengthen the district’s economic base.

Today the Oregon Main Street Network includes 80 Oregon communities and is organized in a tier system ranging from full steam ahead Performing Main Streets, such as Oregon City and McMinnville, to those who want to investigate the approach and whether it will work for them and their community. Not only can you see for yourself which communities are in the Oregon Main Street Network by visiting the OMS tier list, but in the next year you will hear from some of the Main Street communities themselves.

Periodically over the course of the year some of the Oregon Main Street communities will be giving us a glimpse into the work of their Main Street efforts and the results that have transpired. If you are the type that responds to statistics, we have those too! The following data has been gathered from our top two tiers of Main Street communities since 2010/2011:

  • $75,740,994 in private investment in downtowns
  • $91,222,600 in public reinvestment in downtowns
  • 1,082 building rehabs
  • A net business gain of 561
  • A net job gain of 2,699
  • 175,965 volunteer hours which equates to $3,748,527 in volunteer time

You can see more data and profiles of the Oregon Main Street communities by checking out the 2016 Annual Report.

As these Oregon Main Street highlights pop up throughout the year, we encourage visitors to Oregon Heritage Exchange to comment on whether they have been to that community’s downtown and what they enjoyed the most.

Here’s to another 10 years and beyond!

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  1. Mary Oberst permalink
    March 24, 2017 2:53 pm

    Thank you, Governor Kulongoski, for re-establishing the Main Street program in Oregon and assuring its mighty future!

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