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Downtown OC rehab earns awards

by: PHOTO BY RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - Oregon City leaders gather to cut the ribbon on Main Street last month in celebration of the completion of $2.5 million projects.The state has recognized the successful revitalization work in historic downtown Oregon City with four Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Awards during the opening ceremony of the annual downtown revitalization conference.

The nonprofit Main Street Oregon City Inc., along with several partnering organizations, received awards for their work focused on making downtown Oregon City a better place to live, work and visit.

The state’s Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Awards recognized the following Downtown Oregon City projects, partnerships and programs:

The Outstanding Partnership award was presented to the Rotary Club of Oregon City and MSOC Inc. for their collaboration on the moontrap public art project by nationally recognized sculptor Lee Kelly. The stainless steel abstract artwork is installed on Eighth Street in Downtown Oregon City.

The award was accepted on behalf of the Rotary Club of Oregon City by past president Marcia Wimmer.

The Outstanding Public Improvement Project award was presented to the city of Oregon City and MSOC Inc. for their work converting Main Street back into a retail-friendly two-way road as part of a $2.5 million streetscape improvement project. The award was accepted by Project Engineer Erik Wahrgren.

The Outstanding Business Success Story award was presented to downtown animation studio SuperGenius, a 2011 spin-off from Funnelbox Production Studios. SuperGenius employs more than 40 creative professionals working on digital animation projects, like the upcoming video game “Forge,” for clients worldwide. The award was accepted by SuperGenius Studio Director and Owner Paul Culp.

The state’s Main Street program also recognized Lloyd Purdy, director of the non-profit Main Street Oregon City Inc., as the Manager of the Year. Purdy is the founding director of the four-year old downtown revitalization program in Oregon City. Previously, he was the director of the Cortland Downtown Partnership in Cortland, N.Y. The focus of Purdy’s work is building public/private partnerships that enhance and strengthen communities.

Since the formation of Main Street Oregon City Inc., downtown Oregon City has seen: 44 new business open in the downtown marketplace.

The addition of more than $80,000 in public art and three new cultural events downtown.

The implementation of a recruitment campaign focused on entrepreneurs and creative professionals.

The scoping, design, funding and completion of a $2.5 million streetscape enhancement project.

On average, $1 million annually in private property investment and adaptive reuse.

A $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to artistically light the Municipal Elevator in downtown Oregon City.

In 2010, Main Street Oregon City Inc.’s Blue Collar Creative business recruitment campaign was recognized with the state’s first Innovation Award for Excellence in Downtown Revitalization for the development of the national award-winning bluecollarcreative.org website, business recruitment video, and campaign.



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