For Immediate Release: April 14, 2023
Contact: Megan Pugh, Executive Director
The Illinois Valley Chamber of Commerce
Destination Downtown: Illinois Valley
(Illinois Valley/Cave Junction, OR) The Illinois Valley Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Travel Oregon, Main Street Cave Junction, and a local steering committee will offer an evening event and studio workshop building from the 2022 Destination Ready program for the greater Illinois Valley area. This free program is designed to identify opportunities and develop strategies that enhance and strengthen the economic vibrancy of a downtown while preserving rural character and enhancing livability.
“Main Street Cave Junction formed in 2021 with local downtown business owners, community members, and city officials. We have made connections through our participation in community events such as our latest volunteer fair where we brought 35 local nonprofits together. We are very excited to be involved with the Illinois Valley Chamber of Commerce and are planning the seventy-fifth birthday celebration of Cave Junction this summer.” says Amy Lusson, President of Main Street Cave Junction. “We all have the common goal of creating a thriving downtown and sparking enthusiasm for supporting our local economy.”
Anyone interested in contributing to the vision and vitality of the downtown area can attend. This includes local leaders, public officials, tourism organizations, land managers, regulatory agencies, economic development organizations, main street businesses, restaurants, lodging property owners, and more. All community members who are interested in improving the local economy and downtown experience are invited to participate.
The Community Input evening event will be held on Tuesday April 25th at Wild River Brewing and Pizza in Cave Junction, OR from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, pizza and beverages will be provided. The Downtown Development Workshop will be held the following day on Wednesday April 26th at the Guild Gallery and Arts Center in Kerby, OR from 9:00am to 2:30pm, breakfast and lunch will be provided. Both events are free of charge; however, registration is required. Contact Megan Pugh at (541) 592-3326 for more information.