Accomplishments

Since our inception in spring of 2010, we’ve been busy working to make downtown Newberg into a great destination for visitors and those of us who live in this great community.

Some of what we’ve been up to:

  • Organized twice annual Downtown Clean-Up Days bring volunteers downtown to pick up trash, pull weeds and spread barkdust on downtown businesses.
  • Helped attract thousands of visitors downtown by providing volunteers or organizational support for community-enhancing events such as the Halloween Trick-or-Treat Street, Holiday Tree Lighting, Downtown Christmas Caroling, Art Walk and the Camellia Festival.
  • Re-started and manage the Newberg Farmers Market, which brings thousands to downtown.
  • Coordinated the donation, painting and distribution of decorative wine barrel planters with roses and camellias.
  • Prepared recommendations for the redesign of the merchant parking lot on 2nd Street.
  • Created a historic downtown walking tour.
  • Played an active role in planning the Newberg Cultural District as well as provided volunteers for the Project for Public Spaces presentation.
  • Established an economic restructuring committee to attract and retain businesses downtown.
  • We’re creating a Web site (yes this one) that promotes downtown businesses and events, as well as provide a platform for coordinating revitalization efforts.
  • Created a suggested downtown paint color palette for merchants and business owners.
  • Enlisted George Fox undergraduate students to conduct market research for downtown
  • Engaged George Fox MBA students to create a business assistance program to provide training and other assistance to downtown businesses
  • Encouraged business referrals by bringing business owners together weekly through our Business to Business program.
  • Formed a design committee to provide business and citizen recommendations to the city for physical improvements.
  • Organized a promotions committee to work on special marketing efforts and events to draw people downtown and to help downtown businesses attract customers.
  • With much more to come …