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Resource Assistance for Rural Environments

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Year 24 RARE AmeriCorps Orientation


SHEDCO receives grant to rehab and expand El Tapatio

St. Helens Economic Development Corporation (SHEDCO) was awarded $100,000 from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department’s Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant for the rehabilitation and expansion of El Tapatio Restaurant on Columbia Boulevard.

Hermiston Addresses ‘Parallel Parking Phobia’

Do Hermiston drivers have a phobia when it comes to parallel parking? If they do, the Hermiston City Council stepped in Monday night to alleviate those fears. The council voted to convert parallel parking along a portion of Second Street between Main Street and Hurlburt Avenue to diagonal parking. The change will add two additional parking spots as well as a handicapped-accessible parking spot nearest to Main Street. It will also ease the “phobia” of parallel parking. The change will only affect the east side of Second Street. The west side will remain parallel parking.

Pendleton Downtown Association hires executive director

In the span of about eight months, Molly Turner of the Pendleton Downtown Association has gone from intern to director. According to a Saturday press release, the association has named Turner its first executive director. A University of Oregon graduate, the association brought Turner to Pendleton as an intern from AmeriCorps’ Resource Assistance for Rural Environments program in September, serving as the nonprofit’s program manager.

Burdick Building will get $100,000 remodeling

The Reedsport Main Street Program (RMSP) has been awarded a $100,000 Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant. The grant’s purpose is to support downtown revitalization efforts in communities participating in the Oregon Main Street Network, and may be used for the acquisition, rehabilitation, or construction of buildings in downtown areas.

Hermiston action groups focused on getting people to stay downtown

Action groups created in February to revitalize downtown Hermiston are putting their plans into motion. Main Street coordinator Emma Porricolo said input from the citizens’ committee on parking helped inform an item on Monday’s city council agenda that will change the on-street parking along the east side of Second Street between Main Street and Hurlburt Avenue from parallel parking to diagonal parking and add a new handicapped-accessible spot. She said the group is also working on plans for wayfinding signs around downtown that would help direct people to public lots.



2016-17 RARE AmeriCorps Placements

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