The Klamath Piano Project is about more than just placing a piano in a location in downtown Klamath Falls. It gives local artists a chance to show off their art in an extra-creative way. It gives the community and visitors a creative outlet to express themselves in a public space. And it brings joy and surprise to public spaces in the streets of downtown Klamath Falls by providing a space for people to gather, celebrate, and make spontaneous connections with each other.
Oregon Main Street announced its 2019 “Excellence in Downtown Revitalization” award winners this evening at the Awards Celebration in Tillamook. The Awards Ceremony is the opening event for the Oregon Main Street Conference, Oct. 2-4, 2019.
The twenty projects, businesses, & individuals honored are:
- Best New Business – Margin Coffee, Albany
- The business of the Year – Conversion Brewing, Lebanon
- Honorable Mention for Business of the year – Albany Civic Theater, Albany
- Best Adaptive Reuse – Big’s Chicken, Beaverton
- Best Economic Vitality Activity – Temporium, Hillsboro
- Best Downtown Retail Event – Beaverton Downtown Association’s Old Town Passport, Beaverton
- Best Special Event – Baker City Downtown’s Taste of Baker, Baker City
- Best Image Activity – Reedsport Main Street Program’s #TuesdaysOnTheTown, Reedsport
- Best Placemaking Project – Klamath Falls Downtown Association’s Klamath Piano Project, Klamath Falls
- Best Design Education Activity – T.W.E.R.K. Project, Lebanon
- Best Façade Renovation – Corby’s Public House, Dallas
- Best Interior Renovation – Ex Novo Brewing, Beaverton
- Best Upper Floor Renovation – 206 ½ Historic Hotel, Albany
- Best Historic Preservation – M&N Building, Astoria
- One to Watch – City of Warrenton
- Outstanding Partnership – City of Lebanon
- Outstanding Fundraiser – Independence Downtown Association’s Walk of Hearts, Independence
- Volunteer of the Year – Beaverton Downtown Association’s Michelle Barnett, Beaverton
- Board Member of the Year – Lebanon Downtown Association’s Dala Johnson, Lebanon
- Main Street Manager of the Year – Astoria Downtown Historic District Association’s Sarah Lu Heath, Astoria
“The award winners serve as an inspiration to communities across our Network and reflect some of the highest levels of revitalization success,” said Sheri Stuart, state coordinator, Oregon Main Street. “We are so inspired to see how our historic downtowns across Oregon are coming to life through the creativity, passion, and plain hard work of community members.”
The wide range of awards is reflective of the comprehensive Main Street Approach® to downtown revitalization developed by the National Main Street Center. This model is used by the communities participating in the three-tier Main Street Track of Oregon Main Street Network. From 2010 to 2018, communities participating in the Performing Main Street and Transforming Downtown levels – the top two tiers – have seen $97,901,913 in private building improvement projects, $104,225,575 in public projects, 1,106 private rehab projects, 650 net new businesses, and 3,226 net new jobs. In addition, over 207,000 hours of volunteer time has been contributed to local main street organizations.
Oregon Main Street is part of Oregon Heritage, Oregon Parks, and Recreation Department. For additional information, visit www.oregonmainstreet.org.