Main Street Milwaukie

The City of Milwaukie is assisting downtown businesses, property owners, and interested residents to initiate a “Main Street” program (with help from the Clackamas County Main Street Program and the State of Oregon).

With support from Clackamas County, Marketek, Inc., has prepared a market analysis of downtown Milwaukie, incorporating responses from shoppers and downtown businesses. The report can be downloaded here.

The Main Street approach was developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Main Street groups organize their work around four areas, or “committees.”

Organization Committee (meets once or twice a month, usually at Cha Cha Cha).
The Organization Committee is currently developing a work plan, focused in five areas:

Click for a committee job description.

Design Committee (meets 2 p.m. at City Hall on the first Tuesday of the month).
The Design Committee is dedicated to improving the physical appearance of downtown and has completed a draft work plan. Click for a committee job description.

Economic Vitality (meets 4:30 p.m. at City Hall on the second Tuesday of the month).
Committee focuses on identifying and supporting business opportunities. See, for instance, the market analysis report described above. Click for a committee job description.

Promotions (meeting monthly, time/place TBA).
Devoted to promoting the downtown and related businesses. Click for a committee job description.

The Chairs of the various committees meet monthly (the third Wednesday of the month, 5:30 PM at the Ledding Library Pond House, 2816 Harrison Street). The chief purpose of this meeting is to make sure the various committee activities support and complement each other.

If you have questions about Main Street Milwaukie program or are interested in joining a committee, please contact Alex Campbell at (503) 786-7608 or

Last updated: 12/21/2009