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City Of John Day Pursues Housing Program To Create Growth


A for sale sign sits in front of a house in John Day, Oregon. City Manager Nick Green is pursuing a housing incentive program he hopes will attract new residents to the Eastern Oregon city.

A for sale sign sits in front of a house in John Day, Oregon. City Manager Nick Green is pursuing a housing incentive program he hopes will attract new residents to the Eastern Oregon city.

Blue Mountain Eagle

Nine months into the city of John Day’s strategy for growth, only one key piece has not been addressed: housing.

To combat population decline — and the resulting negative impacts on schools, businesses and taxing districts — City Manager Nick Green proposed a new approach in January to make strategic investments to spur growth.

To attract digital commuters, active retirees and young, working families, the city focused on rebranding and improving recreational amenities and broadband service as well as housing and community development.

Green, in his first year on the job, was awarded $437,000 in outside grant funding for projects including Main Street revitalization, transportation planning, a sidewalk extension and a bike park. He persuaded the state legislature to award $2.2 million for a new fiber optic line and funding to keep the dispatch center open — both providing benefits throughout the county.

Read the whole story at the Blue Mountain Eagle.

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