Oregon Main Street Update

CLICK HERE to read a great article about Oregon Main Street Communities! 

“Results from Main Street communities in the top two tiers speak for themselves. Since 2010, there has been a total of $53,932,204 of private sector reinvestment in 719 rehab projects both large and small, $54,535,801 in public sector reinvestment, 295 net new businesses opened, and 1,995 net new jobs were created.”

Public Art Artist Announcement!

Judd Koehn, local sculptor from Summerville was selected for LGMSD’s first public art project! His sculpture will be installed in La Grande’s commercial historic district. Koehn received a Masters in Sculpture from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, was a Professor of Art at Eastern Oregon University from 1967 to 2000, and worked as an Artist-in-Residence throughout rural Eastern Oregon. He has been a guest Professor in Stuttgart, Germany, and his work has been shown extensively throughout the Northwest, Midwest and internationally. His studio is situated on his family ranch near Summerville, where he does all of his work from start to finish, including modeling, molding, fabricating, casting, and finishing in a variety of materials. He has the only privately owned and operated Art Metal Casting Foundry in Union County.

June Business After Hours

It’s Business After Hours’ time again in Union County! La Grande Main Street Downtown is the home of June’s B.A.H. so save the date for Tuesday, June 2, from 4:30p.m. – 6:30p.m. Stop by our office located at 118 Depot St. in La Grande for fun, refreshments, door prizes, and great conversation. Don’t forget your business cards!

With the Eastern Oregon Beer Festival just weeks away, expect the door prizes to be Beer Festival related! Remember, you can’t win great door prizes and meet wonderful, community-minded people if you don’t attend!

Business after Hours are great, business community oriented events designed to provide an engaging atmosphere for networking among the hosting businesses representatives, peers, city officials, and Union County Chamber of Commerce members.

Why is La Grande a great place to start a business?

According to a recent study by consumer finance site NerdWallet, La Grande ranked among the top 20 best places to start a business in Oregon, coming in at no. 13.

In determining our rankings, we crunched Census data on the following key factors:
• Business climate: average revenue of businesses, percentage of businesses with paid employees and businesses per 100 people
• Local economic health: median annual income, median monthly housing costs and unemployment rate.

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