REEDSPORT — Emerson Hoagland has joined the city as the latest Main Street Coordinator.
Hoagland, who hails from Norman, Okla., graduated in May 2016 with a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Oklahoma.
Part of what drew him to Oregon is that he's looking at the University of Oregon's graduate school, specifically focusing his studies on public administration and city and regional planning.
The Main Street Coordinator job came open and "I thought it was a great opportunity."
Sept. 11 marked his first day on the job.
"It's been just about a month," he said. "I drove out. Wife. Cat. Dog. All in a car. Not even a U-Haul. Traffic in Denver was pretty bad."
Hoagland has his own perspective on the Oregon Main Street and likewise the specific focus in Reedsport, saying "we are here to help." He said it's important for city and regional governments to have this approach and Hoagland said "we want to work with people in the community."
Main Street grant dollars allow merchants to remodel their buildings, including with facades. There's a one to one match of grant funds with in-kind labor and/or out of pocket expense.
As his predecessor Erik Hesseling emphasized, Hoagland said once this money comes into a core downtown area and more business owners begin developing their structures, there's a snowball effect and "then it can feed off of itself."
Thus far, Hoagland's been happy with the community.
"I've had my first (Main Street) board meeting," the Main Street Coordinator said. "I have to say I've felt very welcome."