CITY OF OAKRIDGE, OREGON
Resource Team Visit – ANNOUNCEMENT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 13, 2009 Contacts: GEORGE CUSTER
President, Uptown Business & Revitalization Association
GARY VAN HUFFEL
Coordinator, Oregon Main Street
City of Oakridge To Receive
Resource Team Visit from Oregon Main Street
Oakridge—On January 21 and 22, 2009, the City of Oakridge will be receiving a Resource Team Visit from Oregon Main Street, a statewide commercial district revitalization program administered through the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department. Last September, Oakridge was selected by the State of Oregon to participate in Oregon Main Street’s Transforming Downtown program. A press conference to explain the process will be held January 21 at 4:30 p.m. in Council Chambers of Oakridge City Hall, 48318 E. First Street.
The Oregon Main Street Resource Team is a technical assistance service normally performed to assist local communities and neighborhood organizations start-up their Main Street revitalization programs. During the Resource Team visit, Oregon Main Street will review the progress the Uptown Business and Revitalization Association and the City of Oakridge has made toward developing their local Main Street program as well as provide additional consultation on achieving short and long-term commercial district revitalization goals. The Resource Team has several other objectives including recognizing and discussing the current strengths and weaknesses of the local Main Street commercial district and identify obstacles that might impede the implementation of the local Main Street revitalization effort.
The Resource Team will take place over 2 days and will include a tour of the commercial district and several focus groups and interview sessions with community stakeholders. The visit will conclude with a summary meeting with the Uptown Business and Revitalization Association, the City of Oakridge, and other organizations, stakeholders and residents.
UBRA began in June 2008 after several members of the city’s enterprise facilitation team, UPBEAT (Unique Program for Business Enhancement and Advancement Together), decided it was time to start rebuilding the area’s traditional core. Group clean up days have been organized, holiday decorating has been done, and a charter and board have been created in just six short months. The group’s primary founders include the City Administrator Gordon Zimmerman, Enterprise Facilitator Jenifer Hood, Realtor Linda Moody, retail shop owner Christel Black, insurance broker Steve Saxon, Brew pub owner Ted Sobel, funeral home manager Sue Callahan, bank managers Ron Freborg and Rustie Ackland, baker Jacqui Lomont, property owner John Weddle and contractors Sayre and George Custer. Mr. Custer was elected president of the group and since its founding many other local business owners and concerned citizens have become involved in changing the course of the uptown shopping district.
Oakridge has been receiving a lot of attention lately. Besides the Main Street program, National Geographic has chosen the city as the kick-off site for its newest eco-tourism map. In addition, the International Mountain Biking Association is creating a ride center there to complement the efforts of the area’s mountain biking community. In cooperation with Travel Oregon and the area’s UPBEAT Program the city is also ramping up its tourism and job creation efforts.
For additional information, visit the City of Oakridge website at www.ci.oakridge.or.us and www.oregon.gov/ECDD/mainstreet.
RESOURCE TEAM PARTICIPANTS
The following is a tentative listing of Resource Team participants:
Nicholas Kalogeresis, AICP, is a City Planner and Lakota Group Vice-President with more than 18 years of experience in Main Street commercial district revitalization and historic preservation at the local, state and national levels. Nick’s practice areas at Lakota include historic preservation planning, traditional commercial district revitalization and management, non-profit organizational development and downtown master planning.
Prior to joining Lakota in July 2008, Nick was a Program Officer for Consulting Services with the National Trust Main Street Center for ten years where he worked with a wide range of Main Street clients and coordinating programs throughout the Midwest and nation. In particular, Nick assisted Oakland County, Michigan and the State of Michigan with the start-up of their Main Street coordinating programs as well as delivered the complete set of technical assistance services from Four-Point training to resource team consultations to year-end evaluations around the country.
Between 1995 and 1998, Nick was the Coordinator of the Illinois Main Street Suburban Program, where he developed and delivered technical assistance services to 15 Main Street communities in the Chicago metropolitan area. He is also an accomplished researcher and public speaker on a number of downtown revitalization and planning issues and he has been a faculty member for both the Main Street Certification Institute in Downtown Management for Main Street managers as well the Main Street Training Institute for local program board members and volunteers.
Jay Schlinsog, CMSM, is the Founder and President of DPN. Since 1992, Jay has worked as an independent consultant specializing in areas of Main Street marketing and promotion, strategic planning, public relations, image development, heritage tourism, market analysis, and non-profit organization management.
His clients have included state Main Street coordinating programs, the National Trust Main Street Center, local communities, private companies and community development corporations. Jay is also a graduate of the National Trust Main Street Center’s Certification Institute in Professional Downtown Management, located in Washington, D.C. Jay’s other community and economic development experience includes tenures as Executive Director of the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce (WA), Old Town Pocatello, Inc., (ID), and the Downtown St. Charles Partnership, (IL), and as Program Manager of Main Street Marshfield, Inc. (WI). He has also served as a charter Advisory Board member for Downtown Promotion Reporter, a publication of the Downtown Research and Development Center in New York. Jay will participate in delivering regional workshop training and targeted community assistance with a special emphasis on promotion and marketing, market analysis, work planning, and fundraising and strategic planning.
Scott W. Day is the Founder and President of Urban Development Services, a design and Main Street consulting practice based in San Antonio, Texas. His clients have included state and county governments, local municipalities, Main Street organizations, community development corporations and merchant associations. Client work has included the development of historic preservation based design guidelines, building improvement schemes, sign ordinances, and conceptual streetscape.