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Lloyd Purdy, founding Director of the Oregon City’s downtown revitalization organization, has been recruited to the City of Tigard as that community’s new Economic Development Manager.  Mr. Purdy will begin this job on August 5.

“Tigard is home to thousands of large and small businesses.” said Kenny Asher, Director of Community Development. “To leverage both the region’s strength as an export-intensive economy and our growing list of success stories downtown, we needed to take our Economic Development program to the next level.  Lloyd has demonstrated a knack for creating partnerships and brands that make a difference.”

Over the last four years, Mr. Purdy helped attract more than $3.2 million in grant funds to downtown Oregon City.  During his tenure as director of a public/private partnership called Main Street Oregon City, downtown Oregon City has seen the addition of more than 48 new businesses and more than $1 million annually in private-sector investment.

Mr. Purdy’s recent work includes Illuminate Oregon City, a quarter million dollar restoration of the Oregon City Municipal Elevator that pairs National Endowment for the Arts funding with local place making investments. Working with partners at Portland State University, he also developed a “Residential Roadmap” that outlined tactics and strategies to drive more residential development to downtown Oregon City.  Mr. Purdy’s work with local business owners, property owners, and public officials helped spur additional infrastructure improvements to the $13 million Arch Bridge restoration.  At the same time, through collaboration with Oregon City’s creative entrepreneurs, Purdy managed the national award winning “Blue Collar Creative” business recruitment campaign that invited creative professionals and entrepreneurs to consider Oregon City as a location for their business.

Lloyd Purdy earned a Masters in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and a Masters of Landscape Architecture from SUNY-ESF. Before relocating to Portland he was the Downtown Manager in Cortland, NY. In Tigard, Purdy will report to Community Development Director Kenny Asher.

The board of directors of the non-profit MSOC will begin searching for a new director to continue the revitalization efforts begun by Mr. Purdy more than four years ago.


First City Celebration Street Festival

Downtown Signature Event – Art, Wine and Music Festival – set for July 27 2013.

Oregon City is a City of Firsts.  First incorporated city west of the Rockies, First site of west coast industry at Willamette Falls, First long distance electrical power generation in the Country, First whiskey still on the West Coast.

We’re celebrating this history and heritage with the First City Celebration Street Festival on Saturday July 27, 2013 in Downtown Oregon City.  This fourth annual event invites area artists, wineries and musicians out on the street for a day long celebration.

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Special thanks to the First City Celebration Street Festival signature sponsors for their support of this event that is free and open to the public. Click on the First City Celebration link at the top of the website for more details.

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Shop, Dine and Enjoy – Downtown Oregon City

Visit downtown Oregon City this holiday season and you’re in for a surprise — new businesses, new restaurants, newly renovated buildings. 167 year old Downtown Oregon City is a great place to shop for gifts, celebrate the holidays, or have a party at a downtown restaurant. Join us downtown – for the holiday season.  Don’t forget to stay up to date on Downtown Oregon City via Facebook.

Special thanks to BDC Advertising for designing this holiday announcement for downtown Oregon City.

While you’re downtown visit these new businesses and entpreprenuers:   AA Advanced Dental , Access Endodontics, Bigfoot Bread Company, Body Mend Massage , Christmas at the Zoo , Cinematics , Clink Animation Studio, Commstructure Engineering, Continuous Improvement, David Boyer Flooring, District Attorney’s Office, Edward Jones, El Compadre Mexican Restaurant , Flixio, First City Cycles, House of Calabash , Lavender Cottage , L&C Trucks, MJ Gavaza Accounting  ,Oregon City Ice House, Oregon City Physical Therapy, Oregon City Sporting Goods, Pho Thi, Pioneer Pub, Portland Catering At Pacific Grand Ballroom, Premiere Choice Insurance, Retro Revival , Salon Joie De Virvre, Santi Insurance , Seven Seas Canvas , Stark Street Lawn and Garden Corp Office , Strykers Arcade, SuperGenius The Caufield House, The Vintage Shop, The Verdict Restaurant and Bar, Tree of Life Massage, Uberstock Digital Images, Woodfeathers Roofing, Wrightberry’s Cupcakes and Cakes, Wynona Studios, You Can Leave Your Hat On, and  ZCS Engineering.

Downtown Construction Update

The End in Sight!

Downtown Oregon City’s $2.5 million streetscape improvement project is nearing its final stages. Over the last eight months, construction that began at the intersection of 99E and Main Street, has moved north replacing sidewalks, curbs, lighting, the water main, and streetscape amenities along the way.

“This has been a huge project for downtown Oregon City,” said Lloyd Purdy, Director of the non-profit Main Street Oregon City. “Downtown’s business and property owners asked if this work could be done before the completion of the Arch Bridge restoration project, and that’s what the City has done.”

The contractor, Nutter Corporation, is currently working on Main Street between 9th Street and 10th Street.  After completion of the sidewalk work on Main Street, the contractor will finish replacing the street pavement from curb to curb between 7th Street and 10th Street. Paving has already been completed between 5th and 7th Streets. The paving work is currently scheduled to take place in mid August during the night.

“The employees of Nutter Corp. have gone out of their way to respond to the needs of business owners during this project,” said John Wren, project engineer for Wallis Engineering. “They’ve done an outstanding job of working in a challenging construction environment. Business downtown doesn’t stop just because of construction.”

Key elements of the Streetscape Improvement Project on Main Street include:

  • Filling gaps and/or replacing ADA deficient and crumbling sidewalks, curbs, and ramps.
  • Installing bicycle parking, street furnishings, and additional urban tree canopies.
  • Constructing an enhanced (table) pedestrian crossing at 7th Street and Railroad Avenue.
  • Adding new energy efficient parking meters and lighting for improved pedestrian comfort, safety and access.
  • Upgrade to water utilities.
  • New paving.

Construction Summary Progress Report

Work Area Sidewalks Lighting/ Electrical Water Utilities Storm/Sewer Utilities
5th St.-6th St. Complete Complete Complete Complete
6th St.-7th St. Complete Complete Complete Complete
7th St. (Main –RR Ave.) Complete Complete Complete Complete
7th St.-8th St. Complete Complete Complete Complete
8th St.-9th St. Complete 90% Complete Complete Complete
9th St.-10th St. 50% Complete In progress Complete Complete


Donovan Ripkama: Presents in Oregon City

Through a partnership with the Willamette Falls Heritage Area Coalition, Oregon City hosted Dr. Donavan Rypkema for a presentation on cultural heritage and development as an economic engine for community building. Watch the 30 minute presentation via the link below.

Downtown revitalization – the work done by the non-profit MSOC Inc. – is a primary focus of his research and presentation. This presentation was sponsored by WFHAC. Video was produced by Willamette Falls TV.

We hope that you’ve marked your calendars because this Friday denotes the start of our monthly First Friday event. Our October Arts in Action event is sponsored by Coffee Rush, and it’s going to be great! We have a lot planned for the evening, so we hope to see you there enjoying the live art, live music, and lively fun! The weather might be a bit chilly, so be sure to stop by Coffee Rush for a free cup of hot coffee.

We’ve interviewed four artists that will be showcasing their art on October 2nd. These “Meet the Artist” articles are in the News & Press section of our website. You can read about some of the wonderful artists that will be participating from the Three Rivers Artist Guild here: Diane Wright, Mary Wonser, Bradd Aubry, and Galen Hayes.

Here’s what’s happening at Arts in Action:
Friday October 2nd, 4-7pm

  • Live Music and Featured Artwork at Winestock at 820 Main Street.
  • Arts in Windows Exhibit at 900 Main Street Suite 104.
  • Art in Windows Exhibit at Fournier Group at 814 Main Street.
  • Meet the Artist at Busch Furniture at 804 Main Street.
  • Featured Artwork at Mi Famiglia at 701 Main Street.
  • Meet the Artists at Pilates with Fe at 702 Main Street.
  • Art in Windows Exhibit at ECP Copy at 623 Main Street.
  • Live Music and Meet the Artist at The Caufield House at 723 Main Street.
  • Art in Windows at Madco Draperies and Floor Coverings at 818 Main Street.
  • Twenty Five Artists showcasing their talent and creative process at Coffee Rush at 900 Main Street.

See you Downtown!
Be sure to check back for photos from the festivities!

New Signs in Downtown Oregon City

The Main Street Oregon City non-profit has recently awarded $13,000 to 13 downtown locations for façade improvements related to new signs, awnings, and improved storefront lighting.

Look for the improvements at The Caufield House, Bridge View Beer and Wine Supply, Tony’s Smoke House, Coffee Rush, Garage 31, Pioneer Pub, AJH Financial, Ruud’s Jewelers, Busch Furniture, Laura Edmond’s Farmer’s Insurance Office, Mi Famiglia, David C Bouyer Co, and at the newly opened Vintage Shoppe for furniture and décor.

Pictures are coming!
For more details about this post,
view the full press release here.

Press Release: Signs of the Times in Downtown Oregon City

Downtown Sign Fund Commits $13,000 to façade improvements downtown.

The non-profit Main Street Oregon City has awarded $13,000 to downtown business owners for façade improvements related to new signs, awnings and improved storefront lighting.

A second round of funded projects was announced today by the non-profit Main Street Oregon City. These new projects include funding for improved signs at the newly opened Caufield House at 723 Main Street, new awnings at Bridge View Beer and Wine Supply at 622 Main Street, a new sign at the recently remodeled Tony’s Smoke House and Cannery at 1316 Washington Street, new signs at Coffee Rush at 900 Main Street, a new sign at Garage 31 at 1128 Main Street, sign work at Pioneer Pub at 720 Main Street, and new lighting for a sign at AJH Financial at 216 7th Street.

Projects previously funded include a new sign at Ruud’s Jewelers at 812 ½ Main Street, Busch Furniture at 804 Main Street, Laura Edmond’s Farmer’s Insurance Office on 7th Street, Mi Famiglia at the Corner of Main Street and 7th by the Oregon City Arch Bridge, a new awning at David C Bouyer Co. window coverings and flooring store at 1401 Washington Street, and a sign for newly opened Vintage Shoppe for furniture and décor at 212 14th Street.

The first business in historic downtown Oregon City to install a new sign with the support of the downtown sign fund was Ruud’s Jewelers at 812 ½ Main Street. Ruud’s Jewelers has been a family owned business downtown since 1967. They’ve been at the same location for 44 years.  The third generation of the Ruud family is now involved with the operation of the store that specializes in jewelry sales, jewelry repair and clock repair.

“It was very exciting to see a new sign go up at Ruud’s Jewelers,” said Lloyd Purdy Downtown Manager for Oregon City.  “The quality and craftsmanship of the sign they had custom created for their businesses sets a good standard for the improvements we’re working toward downtown.”

“Our old sign has been in place since day 1 back in 1967 – it was outdated,” said Gary Ruud, owner of Ruud’s Jewelers. “The new sign is modern yet it still fits with the look we’re developing in downtown Oregon City.”

The Downtown Sign Fund created by the non-profit Main Street Oregon City is funded with a grant from the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department and funds from Oregon City’s Urban Renewal Commission. With this Main Street Oregon City managed project, business owners and property owners can match dollar for dollar up to $1,000 on the best sign, sign lighting, or awning improvement projects downtown.

The state funds granted to downtown Oregon City are earmarked for building façade renovation with a specific focus on improving the quality of business signage on historic buildings in downtown Oregon City. Grant funds are gathered in part through the Oregon State Lottery Funds administered by the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department.


Introducing: Main Street’s New Website!

Thanks for visiting the new website for Historic Downtown Oregon City!

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