PurdyWorking in Oregon City, Lloyd Purdy helped bring in more than $1 million a year in private sector investment.

Now, he’s switching his focus to Tigard.

Purdy, who was hired this week as the city’s new economic development manager, will have considerable creative license in building the city’s economic development program from the ground up.

The announcement comes the same week the city unveiled plans to install large public art displays on Southwest Main Street, and opened a new parking lot downtown. Both projects are part of the city’s plan to revitalize its historically struggling downtown.

“Tigard is home to thousands of businesses, large and small,” said Kenny Asher, Tigard’s director of community development. “To leverage both the region’s strength as an export-intensive economy and Tigard’s 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.”

Those partnerships came from Main Street Oregon City, the downtown revitalization organization Purdy founded four years ago.

Purdy is credited with helping to transform the city’s downtown core, bringing in scores of new businesses and renovating buildings. More than $3.2 million worth of grant were funded to downtown businesses under his tenure.

He developed tactics and strategies to drive more residential development into downtown and hosted “Illuminate Oregon City,” a special art show projected onto the city’s famous Municipal Elevator.

Tigard will be the largest city that Purdy has worked for. Oregon City is more than half the size of Tigard, and before that he worked in Cortland, New York, a small town with a population of about 19,000.

Purdy said Oregon City’s successes are thanks to a commitment from both the city and from the community.

“The foundation of local economic development builds upon strong public/private partnerships, place-making and community building,” said Purdy.  “This foundation supports sustainable economic development.”

Purdy will start in Tigard on Aug. 5.

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