Redmond is considering hiring a city planner and participating in Oregon Main Street, a state program to revitalize downtown areas.
The next phase of urban renewal is the implementation of programs and projects only talked about or just begun. For the city, that will mean a staff member with deep knowledge of real estate, project management and experience working with the business sector, Richards said. A recently vacated position that already focused on economic development and urban renewal provided the perfect opportunity to tweak the job description with recent needs in mind.
Finding someone to take lead on downtown development has been a longtime challenge for Redmond. From 2006 to 2008, the city contracted with the now-defunct Redmond Downtown Partnership to pay for a manager who would help make downtown a more viable and successful place. The contract was canceled when the recession hit.
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