Main Street Boot Camp coming to Medford

Main Street Boot Camp, similar to those that have helped downtown revivals in more than 2,000 communities across the country, is coming to Medford, next Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 11-12.
The two-day effort will focus on organization, design, promotion, and economic restructuring.
“We need to look at successful methods that have worked for other communities that we can utilize,” said Heart of Medford Association executive director Diane Raymond. “We have lot of new board members and volunteers and this will give them a chance to learn the best practices used around the state.”
The boot camp, however, is not limited to those two groups.
“This isn’t unique to our branding effort,” Raymond said. “There are a lot of things that things going on between our economic improvement district effort and and Metro Medford campaign. Our goal is to fill the vacant buildings with businesses and customers.”
The event is free, but requires pre-registration at
Oregon Main Street coordinator Sheri Stuart will talk about preservation and revitalization of the economy. She will address appearance, and image of their traditional business districts using a range of services and assistance to
meet the needs of communities interested in revitalization.
Scott Day, of Urban Development Services, which deals with design management and retail economics for commercial revitalization, will discuss the importance of foot traffic.

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From Oregon AAA we discover, or rather confirm what we’ve seen at the pump. Both Oregon and national gas price averages have put the pedal to the metals.
The national average for unleaded regular jumped 17 cents to $3.53 a gallon, while the Oregon average shot up 16.5 cents to $3.51 a gallon. Not good news if you’re planning to hit the road this weekend.
The spikes are among the most dramatic one-week jumps in nearly two years, and the 20th largest weekly increase in the past 12 years.
AAA reported the last time gas prices increased more rapidly was between Feb. 25 and March 4, 2011 when Arab Spring violence rocketed oil and gasoline prices on fears of supply disruption.The single most dramatic one-week increase on record came following Hurricane Katrina when prices soared 46 cents between Aug. 28 and Sept. 4, 2005.
As a consolation, Oregon’s statewide average is less than the national average for the second week. Given the Beaver state’s propensity for higher and higher prices, that can’t be good for the rest of the nation. Prior to last week, the last time the Oregon average was less than the national average was on May 14, 2011 — smack in the middle of Arab Spring.
AAA noted both Oregon and Washington, going back to November, have stayed out of the 10 most expensive states to gas up. California remains in the top five with Oregon No. 24 and Washington No. 26.

In case you’ve forgot, PremierWest Bancorp sent out a reminded shareholders today that its special meeting to vote its acquisition by AmericanWest parent, Starbuck Bancshares is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 at
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Shareholder of record may vote in person at the special meeting. However, if shares are held by a brokerage firm, a legal proxy document from the firm must be presented at the time the shareholder votes.

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