Opportunity for community involvement

The La Grande Main Street Downtown (LGMSD) Façade Restoration Grant Program offers matching grants to commercial property owners who wish to restore and enhance the exteriors of their historic buildings.  Ours is one of the most active Main Street organizations in Oregon, with more than 60 projects, ranging from new awnings to total façade makeovers, completed since 2008.  We are currently looking for three community members to serve on a review panel for grant applications.  The panel will meet on an as-needed basis, with 10-12 applications anticipated in 2015.  Knowledge of historic architecture and/or history of La Grande is a plus, but anyone with an interest in restoration of our historic downtown is welcome to apply.   If you would like to volunteer, or have questions, please call 541.963.1223 or send an email to director@lagrandemainstreet.org.

Downtown Benefit Bake Sale

February 24th, 25th, and 26th at Red Cross Drug Store

Tom Tommy, a valued employee of Legacy Dodge is undergoing serious medical treatment for an infection in his foot and is unable to return to work at this time. His wife and him have 3 children ages 22, 18, and 13. Tom is making daily trips to the hospital for IV antibiotics as well as numerous trips to Boise to see a specialist. It is unknown at this time when Tom may be able to return to work, as the infection has spread to the bone. 

Let’s all work together to support this hard-working family through this crisis. 

Baked goods provided by employees of Legacy Dodge and Red Cross Drug Store.

bake sale

Call to Art Enthusiasts

Wanted:  Two art-loving community members to serve on the selection panel for LGMSD’s first public art installation!   The piece will occupy the empty space above the benches in the brick parking lot screen at Umpqua Bank.  A Request for Proposals has been distributed across northeastern Oregon, with a closing date of March 30, 2015 thus we would like to have our selection panel in place by March 1.  If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please call 541.963.1223 or send an email to director@lagrandemainstreet.org.
PA Photo

RFP is out for downtown public art!

Call to artists! LGMSD is currently working to increase our arts visibility in downtown La Grande. Please review the following request for proposals, and pass on the word to any artists who may be interested!
  •  This opportunity is open to all artists living in Union, Umatilla,  Baker and Wallowa Counties.
  •  Proposals must be received by LGMSD by March 30, 2015
  •  Selected artist will be notified by May 15, 2015
LGMSD Umpqua Wall RFP
LGMSD Umpqua Wall plan view


Thank You Volunteers!

Wow. An amazing statistic about this town: In 2014, out of ALL the transforming and performing Main Street communities in Oregon, La Grande had the highest number of volunteer hours at a whopping 8,175 in 2014. A volunteer hour is valued at $21.35 meaning La Grande’s citizens invested approximately $174,500 into this community through the La Grande Main Street organization alone. So thank you to all our volunteers!! We sincerely couldn’t do it without you!

2015 Membership Campaign is released!

Join us in strengthening our downtown core. Partner with La Grande Main Street Downtown to help your business and create a beautiful and functional downtown. See all the benefits you get by becoming a member by clicking the following link: LGMSDMembershipLeaflet

Not a business owner, but still want to support La Grande’s downtown? Invest in your own home. Become a community supporter for just $25: LGMSDCommunityLeaflet

Payments are easy! Just click on the PayPal link on the right column of our website. Payment plans can be arranged. Call the office to set up a payment plan.

4th Quarterly Business Development Workshop

Don’t forget to register for our 4th Quarterly Business Development Workshop on Wednesday, December 10th from 7-9 AM in the Upper Room at the Marketplace – 1101 Washington Ave
FREE for Main Street members, and breakfast is included. $10 for non members!

Simple Tools to Increase Your Sales
Led by: Red Cross Drug Store Front End Manager; Deana Travis
You will learn low cost ways to increase your retail sales through store layout, physical elements of your store and window displays, merchandising, and promotions. Just in time for the holiday season! RSVP via email or phone by December 8th to director@lagrandemainstreet.org, or call 541.963.1223.