La Grande Main Street
It is the mission of La Grande Main Street to create an inviting, sustainable downtown rooted in La Grande’s history and culture, providing a vital center for commercial and community activities.
By using the tried and true Main Street Approach as a way to rebuild a healthy downtown, LGMS addresses the economic challenges facing downtown, through beautification and restoration of the historic heart of our community, and promoting the downtown with fun events and quality marketing.
The Main Street Program is a volunteer driven, non-profit organization. These volunteers serve on committees addressing the four main components of downtown revitalization: Design, Promotion, Business Development and Organization. The program is staffed and funded by the City of La Grande’s Community and Economic Development Department and AmeriCorps, a government run service-based organization.
The La Grande Main Street Program was officially designated by the state on September 26, 2008 as an “Oregon Main Street Transforming Downtown.” La Grande joined 10 other Oregon communities which were designated as either Performing Main Street programs, or Transforming Main Street programs at that time. More info on the overall Oregon Main Street Programs can be found here: http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/SHPO/Pages/mainstreet.aspx