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Signs, banners welcome visitors to county

Businesses promote area for food, fun and entertainment
by: CHRISTOPHER ONSTOTT, Susan Lehr, CEO of the North Clackamas County Chamber of Commerce, Dennis Curtis, general manager of Clackamas Town Center, Jim Austin, county community relations coordinator, and Peter Watts, Clackamas County Tourism Council chair.

New signs and banners saying Welcome to Clackamas Regional Center, placed on the north side of Sunnyside Road from Interstate 205 to Southeast 82nd Avenue, are there as the first step in creating an identity for that area, said Susan Lehr, chief executive officer of the North Clackamas County Chamber of Commerce.

Funded by a partnership of the Clackamas County Community Partnership Grant, Clackamas Town Center and the North Clackamas County Chamber of Commerce, the goal of this project and the banners lining Sunnyside is to beautify the area and make it more welcoming to visitors.

'We want to create that feeling of a downtown and make the area more of a destination,' she added.

'Businesses in North Clackamas County draw visitors and shoppers from more than 50 miles away,' said Dennis Curtis, general manager of Clackamas Town Center.

As summer draws near, even more people will pass through the county, and the banners and sign will make the area more inviting and bring business to the area, which is important for the local economy, Lehr noted.

'One of the things we want to convey to people who live here is that unincorporated Clackamas County provides a real destination for shopping, entertainment and recreation. If we can identify the area more specifically, people will know that they've arrived,' she said.

'Expanded transportation options provided by light rail support businesses. We want people to come here, enjoy themselves and return.'