Anyone interested in taking action to help revitalize Hermiston’s downtown is invited to a meeting on Feb. 28.

The meeting, planned for 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center, 1705 E. Airport Road, Hermiston, will be to discuss needs for downtown and will end with participants breaking into groups to tackle specific needs.

Presenters include Sheri Stuart, Oregon Main Street coordinator; Emma Porricolo, Hermiston’s Main Street program coordinator; and Mark Morgan, assistant city manager.

Porricolo has been interviewing downtown stakeholders, including business owners and property owners, and has identified five major themes: a need for more retail and restaurants, a need for more downtown events, a perceived lack of parking, needed building upgrades/upkeep, and beautification.

The second hour of the meeting will consist of breaking into task forces with the goal of recruiting and establishing groups that will create action plans for tackling the issues listed above.

“This meeting will be both informational, and action-oriented,” Porricolo said in a news release. “Everyone who is interested in seeing a vibrant downtown is invited to come learn what the priorities of downtown stakeholders are, and seize on an opportunity to volunteer on one of these committees and capitalize on the momentum that is building downtown.”

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