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ADHDA Announces Officers for 2012

Thu, Dec 15, 2011

On December 13, the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association (ADHDA) board of directors selected its officers for 2012. Dulcye Taylor, owner of Old Town Framing Co., will serve as president. Dulcye has served as ADHDA’s vice president for the past two years and has played a big role in helping the organization re-establish its position in the community. Dulcye is taking over the presidency position from Tiffany Estes who served as president for two years. Dulcye states, “Tiffany has put a lot of time, energy and heart into expanding ADHDA’s efforts, and I’m very excited to accept the challenge of filling the big shoes she’s created.”

LJ Gunderson will serve as vice president. LJ is co-owner of Easom Property Management, Inc., Northwind Vacation Rentals and Windermere/Pacific Land Co. She moved to Astoria in 2003 from Salem where she was very active in the Salem Downtown Association. LJ is just completing her first year of service on the ADHDA board. Stacey Poor was selected to continue as treasurer. She is the training coordinator at Wauna Federal Credit Union. Stacey has been a serving as the organizations treasurer since the passing of Patricia Saunders and has been working hard to get the organization’s accounts online. Katie Murray was selected to continue as secretary. She has been the co-owner of Purple Cow Toys since 1995 and currently serves on both the Promotion and Art and Culture Committees of ADHDA. Other board members include Tiffany Estes, Pete Gimre, Jennifer Holen, and Tim Raynor-Allwein. Daryl Moore tendered his resignation at the board meeting, citing work demands, and the board will appoint a replacement.

ADHDA’s mission is to encourage community involvement and investment in preserving the character of historic downtown Astoria while promoting its health and future. The organization has had a successful year and they are excited to continue and expand upon these efforts. Below is a list of ADHDA’s accomplishments for 2011:

  1. Within 24 hours of the Number 10 Sixth Street Fire we created an online website for displaced businesses to connect with people who had space, furniture or other offers of help. We also used our preliminary downtown inventory to help people find available office space and contact information for relocation.
  2. We launched our Design Committee, and they are developing plans to beautify our downtown.
  3. We applied for and received funding from the City of Astoria in the amount of $15,000.
  4. We applied to and were accepted to participate in the RARE program for a second year.
  5. We convinced Blaire to stay with us for a second year.
  6. We presented the first annual Jane Barnes Revue, raising $4,000.
  7. We organized our second annual downtown cleanup day, and provided volunteer staffing for a shred-it event raising money for ADHDA.
  8. We represented ADHDA at the Heritage Conference hosted in Astoria last April.
  9. We sent Blaire to the National Main Street conference in Iowa.
  10. We developed the first-ever joint membership offer in collaboration with the Chamber, bringing new members to both organizations.
  11. We raised $9,000 in paid memberships.
  12. We partnered with the Astoria Sunday Market to sell advertising in the Market Guide as a fundraiser, and also received a generous contribution of $5,000 from the Market.
  13. With assistance from the marketing class at Clatsop Community College, we conducted a consumer survey and presented our findings.
  14. We presented the 4th of July Riverwalk Parade.
  15. We brought our financial records into the electronic age.
  16. We presented the Wine Walk and Beer Walk.
  17. We partnered with organizers of the Astoria Regatta and the Brew Cup to involve downtown in those events.
  18. Our committees developed annual work plans and are working from those.
  19. We managed parking at the Crab Festival and the Great Columbia Crossing to raise money for ADHDA.
  20. We developed a new logo.
  21. We applied for and received an Elizabeth Potter Scholarship to send four representatives to the Oregon Main Street Conference, where we received an award for our Jane Barnes event.
  22. We presented the annual holiday kickoff, Astoria Sparkles, at the Liberty Theater along with a holiday food drive and Discover Astoria promotion.
  23. We brought the Art Walk and are bringing the Christmas Club officially under our umbrella.
  24. We completed our downtown inventory and expect our website and online inventory to go live before the end of the year.
  25. We partnered with the City of Astoria and Astoria Sunday Market to win a streetscape grant that is bringing new garbage cans, benches, planters, bike racks and bus shelters downtown.
If you have any questions please contact Downtown Coordinator Blaire Buergler at 503.791.7940 or blaire@astoriadowntown.com.


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