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Award will be given during the National Main Street Center conference March 26-28 in Kansas City

Oregon City was named among the 10 2018 Great American Main Street Award semifinalists for its PHOTO COURTESY: DOWNTOWN OREGON CITY ASSOCIATION - Oregon City Brewing Company has transformed a dilapidated used car lot into a vibrant family-friendly community gathering spot. accomplishments through hard work and creativity in creating a more economically, socially and culturally vibrant commercial district.

The National Main Street Center recognized the Downtown Oregon City Association for placing a strong emphasis on evolving to meet the community's needs. Since the start of the OC association nine years ago, the nonprofit organization has held an annual public visioning session.

National Main Street Center officials say the work in Oregon City has paid off in transforming a downtown industrial district into the civic heart of the city. The national organization said "there's something for everyone" in Oregon City's many independently owned businesses, its dramatic views of the Willamette River from the McLoughlin Promenade, or a new Oregon Trail Game 5K fun-run.

Other semifinalists for the award are Berlin, Maryland; Brunswick, Maine; Chillicothe, Missouri; Grapevine, Texas; Howell, Michigan; Rock Springs, Wyoming; Saline, Michigan; Tupelo, Mississippi; and Wausau, Wisconsin. The award will be given during the National Main Street Center conference March 26-28 in Kansas City.

Mayor Dan Holladay said that a representative from Oregon City is planning to attend the conference, but it's still being determined who that will be. For more information, visit mainstreet.org.

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