Last week a few of us from Reedsport attended the 2015 Oregon Main Street Conference in The Dalles, and what a time we had! The conference was filled with people representing cities from across the state, and everyone came with one question in mind: “How do I make my community better?” As you might imagine, the atmosphere was electric, crackling with optimism and creativity about how to reinvent, rethink, restore, and revive every aspect of our respective towns. Here are some notes I took:
In my free time I had the good fortune to find books by two early Oregon authors at Klindt’s Bookstore, the oldest bookstore in Oregon (established 1870.) Speaking of old books, did you know that Oregon had libraries before it had statehood? Early pioneers were incredibly literate, and many carried their personal libraries with them on the Oregon Trail. Oregon City opened the first public library in 1846, and Oregonians have been reading ever since. So if you want to celebrate a true Oregon tradition with true pioneer pride, make sure you swing by the Reedsport Public Library’s open house to celebrate its completed renovation this Friday from 4 to 6pm, refreshments and tours included. You can thank our forefathers for starting us off right.
We have some metal Bike Friendly Business signs here in my office that should be popping up around town pretty soon, so keep your eyes peeled. Keen eyes might have also spotted Frank and the Design Committee zig-zagging all over town earlier today. Why did the Design Committee cross the road? To find new ways to make our city look great! The Promotion Committee also had a great meeting last week. I can hardly wait to announce some of the projects we have in store!
Finally, note that the RMSP Economic Development Committee meets this Wednesday the 14th at the Waterfront Restaurant at 5:30pm, and any curious bystanders are welcome to come. The next meeting of the RMSP Board of Directors will take place next week on Tuesday the 20th in City Hall.
And for a closing thought, here’s a quote I heard at the conference:
“No one ever marched on Washington because of a pie chart.” – Andy Goodman
Until next time!