Promoting Eagle Point as “Positively Eagle Point” was introduced to the Eagle Point Economic Development Commission by Upper Rogue Independent editor Nancy Leonard after listening to Realtor Mike Malepsy and Goldie Murray address the commission in December. The Realtors were asked what clients say when it is suggested they consider moving to Eagle Point. Malepsy’s summary suggested the Economic Development Commission stress the positives about living in Eagle Point and consider what sometimes is perceived as a negative that could be turned into a positive.
At their Jan. 9 meeting, the commission agreed on livability as their current goal. To that end, they met with the city council in a work session on Jan. 10 and received a consensus from them to proceed with that goal, although formal approval awaits the next council meeting. “Positively Eagle Point” as a theme or “branding” for the livability focus.was favorably received by the economic commission and city council during the combined work session. It will be on the Jan. 24 city council meeting, again for formal approval..
The economic commission was formed four-plus years ago. Their first project was new street signs for the downtown core. Next came a much larger, more time consuming project and that was to develop a downtown plan. The city contracted with Don Burt to assist in that project.
Centennial Plaza has been their most noticeable project. It was done in conjunction with Eagle Point Parks and Recreation Commission. The Plaza, located at Main and Royal, was dedicated in February to kick-off Eagle Point’s Centennial celebration.
Planning events for the year-long Centennial celebration was the last project for the economic commission. It will conclude Feb. 11 with the burial of the time capsule at the corner of Centennial Plaza.
The Economic Development Commission will begin work on defining livability as they prepare to promote the community. The commission is a seven person committee chaired by council liason Alan Curriston as a non-voting member. School District 9 has a seat on the commission., but the seat is currently vacant.