EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Downtown Hillsboro i
Hillsboro Downtown Partnership
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Downtown Hillsboro i
As we near the end of our 2016-2017 fiscal year, we want to share Downtown’s successes with the community. These accomplishments highlight Downtown’s progress from the beginning of HDP’s operations (Sept 1, 2015) through June 1, 2017. Page two highlights our transformational strategies for the coming year.
Grants awarded for main streets throughout the state
Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, awarded 27 matching grants worth $2,355,700 to Oregon Main Street Network organizations across the state for building projects that encourage economic revitalization. Projects range from façade improvement to elevator access and seismic upgrades and awards range from $17,500-$100,000.
The department funded projects that best conveyed the ability to stimulate private investment and local economic development, and best fit within the community’s long range plan for downtown vitality.
Funded projects include:
Other communities awarded grants include Baker City, Bandon, Beaverton, Carlton, Corvallis, Florence, John Day, La Grande, McMinnville, Newberg, Oregon City, Port Orford, Portland, Reedsport, St. Helens, Stayton, The Dalles, and Weston.
The Hill Theater project in Hillsboro is a collaborative effort between the Hillsboro Downtown Partnership (grantee), property owner of the Hill Theater Antique Mall, and the City of Hillsboro. The project scope includes removing and replacing the leaky roof, restoring the historic marquee, and finally, touching up the paint, restoring the windows, and restoring the antique lights on the building. The Hill Theater is the only remaining Art Deco building in the City of Hillsboro; thus, restoring this building saves this piece of Hillsboro history.
The grant program was created during the 2015 legislative session, and placed with the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office. The legislation established a permanent fund for the Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant, and provided an initial infusion of funds from the sale of lottery bonds. The funds must be used to award grants to participating Oregon Main Street Network organizations to acquire, rehabilitate or construct buildings to facilitate community revitalization. The program also requires that at least 50 percent of the funds go to rural communities as defined in the bill.
The last few months have been a bit hectic for Bag&Baggage Productions, Hillsboro’s resident professional theatre! With the potential of a sale of The Venetian Theatre, B&B had to move a show to the Hillsboro Public Library and cancel their final planned production of the season, Noises Off. With the generous support of audiences and donors, B&B is weathering this particular storm and is preparing for the opening of their new home on the corner of 4th and Main in downtown. The $1.4 million refurbishment project has been underway for the past three months with construction on the interior of the building moving along at a quick pace; the interior framing has been completed, along with major upgrades to the electrical systems and plumbing, and contractors project completion of the “bricks and mortar” construction in early June of 2017. Within just a few weeks after that, B&B will begin to install the wide range of theatrical lighting, sound systems, and projectors – all with a view towards opening the building to the public for B&B’s first show of the 17/18 Season in early September of 2017. As of March 14, 2017, B&B has raised over $1,350,000 of their goal, putting the company on track and ahead of schedule. More information can be found online at bagnbaggage.org.
Surveys for this retail study are now closed. Stay tuned for findings and results!
DOWNTOWN HILLSBORO shoppers, area employees, and local business owners all have the power to help create a vision for the future of our historic city center!
The City of Hillsboro and the Hillsboro Downtown Partnership are collaborating on a Retail Market Strategy to understand shopping habits and retail/service
needs—and we want your input! Surveys close on March 7th, 2017.
The purpose of the Retail Market Analysis is to:
Are you looking for a fun and engaging way to get involved in the Hillsboro community while building your resume and making lasting connections? If so, click the link to check out our volunteer descriptions to be chair or vice chair of the Farm to Table Dinner in 2017!
Photo by Hillsboro Tribune
The Hillsboro Downtown Partnership (HDP) is now accepting applications to be a Board member, beginning in 2017. Board terms consist of a 3 year commitment, attending monthly meetings, and helping to position HDP as an organization that can move the dial forward for Downtown Hillsboro. Our mission is to cultivate and promote our vibrant, historic Downtown. We make it easier, more enjoyable and more profitable to do business Downtown.
Job Description and Roles & Responsibilities mention a “financial contribution.” This means being up to date on any membership dues in order to be considered for a Board position. At this time, HDP is investigating business and community membership models, but do not have them in place yet. Property owners must be up to date on EID payments to be considered.
Any questions may be referred to HDP staff. Applications are due February 28th at 5:00 PM and can be emailed to director@hillsborodowntown.
The 2nd West x SW Dance is coming up on Friday, September 30th. Entry will be $5 – cookies and fruit provided. Proceeds will be donated to HomePlate Youth Services. We look forward to seeing you there!
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