IRRIGON - Everyone with an interest in and ideas about the future success of downtown Irrigon can participate in a town hall meeting Monday, March 23 at 7 p.m. at the Stokes Landing Community Center, 95 Opal Place in Irrigon.

The Oregon Main Street Program, which provides assistance to communities wanting to revitalize their downtowns and preserve their unique identity, has accepted Irrigon into the "exploring" level of the program. In this category, the emphasis is on providing technical assistance to communities exploring options for improving their downtowns. The program will create a downtown assessment and "Next Steps Plan" for Irrigon.

Irrigon City Manager Gerald Breazeale said Oregon Main Street Program's assessment is "vital to ensuring that we make careful and measured steps to building the downtown that the people of Irrigon desire."

Vicki Dugger, a consultant for the program, will lead the meeting. It will include a presentation of the program, a discussion of key downtown issues, a downtown visioning segment and community input on the top priorities for downtown action.

- Erin Mills

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