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History of McMinnville Downtown Association

McMinnville has enjoyed a long history of private/public partnerships dedicated to downtown revitalization. In the mid-1970s, Mayor Norm Scott appointed the Committee on Redevelopment, which carried out a major renovation project with money from the city and property owners. Over the next decade, McMinnville voters gave the downtown a community center, library, aquatic center and fire hall.

By the mid-1980s, however, Third Street had a storefront vacancy rate nearing 20 percent. Concerned merchants and property owners came together in late-1985 to form McMinnville Downtown Association. Roger Heller was the first MDA president, followed by Steve Macy, Walt Gowell, Mike Mullen, Kim Mills, Carol Granger, Doug Montgomery, Marilyn Dell, Jeb Bladine, Jerry Hart, David Wiegan, Peter Kircher, Stephen Ross, Gene Zinda, Sylla McClellan, Sam Justice, Sandi Colvin and current President, Ron Pomeroy.  

The MDA's first full-time manager was Malcolm Johnstone. Patti Webb replaced Johnstone in 1994, and served downtown McMinnville for fourteen years, until 2008. Kris Gullo was the manager from 2008-2012 and Cassie Sollars is the current downtown manager.

In 1986, MDA became the first downtown association in Oregon to initiate startup funding through an Economic Improvement District assessment on properties. City officials worked to set up the Downtown McMinnville Historic District. MDA, the city and Yamhill County worked together on a funding package for renovation of the historic Cozine House now owned and occupied by MDA.

Downtown McMinnville has prospered, with nearly 100 percent occupancy, many major building renovation projects and dozens of new businesses. The MDA has operating committees focused on Organization, Promotion, Marketing, Design, and Economic Improvement.

The McMinnville Downtown Association works to promote and enhance our historic downtown as the economic, social and cultural heart of the community.

Upcoming Events

Jun

24

RELAY REUNION: Rediscover, Reconnect and Reunite!

Duniway Middle School Field | McMinnville

McMinnville Relay For LifeAmerican Cancer SocietySaturday June 24, 2017 Noon to Midnight Duniway Middle School Field (On 2nd Street just past Michelbook Lane)Not too late to form a team.Survivors & Participants can register free at relayforlife.org/mcminnvilleor For more info contact us at mcminnvillerelayforlife@gmail.comCheck us out on Facebook at McMinnville ...
Duniway Middle School Field
Duniway Middle School Field

Jul

07

Celebrating its 57th year, Turkey Rama is one of McMinnville’s oldest and most loved traditions! The community festival observes the historical importance of the once-thriving turkey business in the surrounding county. The turkey farms are gone, but Turkey Rama lives on!  As the face of our community has changed, so has the festival itself. Downtown you’ll find vendors, a Food Court ...
Downtown McMinnville
Downtown McMinnville
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