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Video Explains Urban Renewal in the Tigard Triangle
(April 10, 2017)
The City of Tigard has released a new video to help voters understand an upcoming ballot measure that, if approved, would create an urban renewal area in the Tigard Triangle. Tigard voters will consider Ballot Measure No. 34-275 in the May election. Watch the video here.

Tigard Selects Kathy McAlpine as New Chief of Police
(March 13, 2017)
Tigard City Manager Marty Wine today announced the selection of Kathy McAlpine to lead the Tigard Police Department as Chief. McAlpine currently serves as an Assistant Chief of Police with the Tacoma Police Department; she is expected to be in place in Tigard in mid-April. 

Main Street Property Offered for Redevelopment
(February 9, 2017)
The City of Tigard’s urban renewal agency, the City Center Development Agency (CCDA), is offering a property for acquisition and redevelopment on Main Street in its rapidly revitalizing downtown. Additional details here.


City of Tigard Secures $1.7M for new Infrastructure in Hunziker Core

(February 6, 2017)
The City of Tigard secured funding to build a new street, connecting Hunziker Street to 72nd Avenue via Tech Center Drive, based upon $1.7 million in funding. The regional Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation (JPACT) coordinated through METRO approved $1.7M in funding for the second phase of the City of Tigard’s Hunziker Infrastructure Project

Finalists Named for Tigard Police Chief Position
(January 25, 2017)
There are six applicants that will speak directly with community members at the public forum on Thursday, January 26.

Public Invited to Meet Finalists for Tigard Police Chief
(January 18, 2017)
The public is invited to a community meeting on Thursday, January 26, 7-9 p.m. in the Tigard Town Hall to meet with six finalists vying for the position of chief of police for the Tigard Police Department.

Tigard Programs Have Something for Everyone in 2017
(January 3, 2017)
Most city programs are free or low-cost. Spend less money, save more time by taking advantage of all the local resources the City of Tigard provides throughout the year.
 
Social Service and Community Event Grant Applications Now Open

(December 20, 2016)
Are you a member of a registered non-profit organization providing services to our community? Do you know of a community event in need of funding? Did you know that Tigard sets aside 0.5 percent of the operating budget to fund social services and community events?

County Elections Officials Certify Approval of Tigard’s Light Rail Measure
(November 28, 2016)
With all votes counted from the Nov. 8 election, the Washington County Elections Office on Nov. 28, has certified Tigard voters approved Ballot Measure 34-255. All told, 12,683 voted yes, with 12,534 voting no. The measure clears the way for continued region-wide planning to extend MAX light rail service to Tigard.

DUII Crash Impacts Tigard
(November 23, 2016)
Tigard Police are investigating an early morning crash on Hall Blvd. near Burnham St. in Tigard. At approximately 2:00 a.m., a van traveling southbound on Hall Blvd. crashed into a power pole downing the pole and power lines. Coinciding, a 34 year-old female who was riding a bicycle less than 100 feet from the downed power pole was hit by the falling power lines.

Preliminary Results Show Tigard’s Light Rail Ballot Measure Passing
(November 9, 2016)
Unofficial election results from the Washington County Elections Office show a majority of Tigard voters have approved Ballot Measure 34-255. If the current vote balance holds once certified by county officials, the measure clears the way for continued regionwide planning to extend MAX light rail service to Tigard.

Early Results Show Tigard Voters Have Rejected Proposed Gas Tax Hike

(November 9, 2016)
Preliminary and still unofficial election results from the Washington County Elections Office show a majority of Tigard voters have rejected Ballot Measure 34-256. The measure would have raised the city’s local gas tax by 5 cents a gallon.

2016 Press Releases

Social Service and Community Event Grant Applications Now Open
(December 20, 2016)
Are you a member of a registered non-profit organization providing services to our community? Do you know of a community event in need of funding? Did you know that Tigard sets aside 0.5 percent of the operating budget to fund social services and community events?

County Elections Officials Certify Approval of Tigard’s Light Rail Measure
(November 28, 2016)
With all votes counted from the Nov. 8 election, the Washington County Elections Office on Nov. 28, has certified Tigard voters approved Ballot Measure 34-255. All told, 12,683 voted yes, with 12,534 voting no. The measure clears the way for continued region-wide planning to extend MAX light rail service to Tigard.

DUII Crash Impacts Tigard
(November 23, 2016)
Tigard Police are investigating an early morning crash on Hall Blvd. near Burnham St. in Tigard. At approximately 2:00 a.m., a van traveling southbound on Hall Blvd. crashed into a power pole downing the pole and power lines. Coinciding, a 34 year-old female who was riding a bicycle less than 100 feet from the downed power pole was hit by the falling power lines.

Preliminary Results Show Tigard’s Light Rail Ballot Measure Passing
(November 9, 2016)
Unofficial election results from the Washington County Elections Office show a majority of Tigard voters have approved Ballot Measure 34-255. If the current vote balance holds once certified by county officials, the measure clears the way for continued regionwide planning to extend MAX light rail service to Tigard.

Early Results Show Tigard Voters Have Rejected Proposed Gas Tax Hike

(November 9, 2016)
Preliminary and still unofficial election results from the Washington County Elections Office show a majority of Tigard voters have rejected Ballot Measure 34-256. The measure would have raised the city’s local gas tax by 5 cents a gallon.

Brownfields Grant Provides Opportunity for Hands-on Learning to PCC Students

(October 31, 2016)
The City of Tigard is partnering with Portland Community College (PCC) environmental consultants Amec Foster Wheeler, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) on a brownfields site undergoing testing.

Google Fiber Pauses Operations in Potential Fiber Cities
(October 25, 2016)
This afternoon Google Fiber officials contacted potential Fiber cities in the metro region to notify them that they are pausing operations in the Portland area while they refine their approaches. The city has been engaged in discussions with Google Fiber officials about the feasibility of integrating Google Fiber services with the city’s current infrastructure since 2014. The City of Tigard worked with Beaverton, Gresham, Hillsboro, Lake Oswego and Portland—cities that were being considered by Google Fiber.

Oregon Mayors Association Taps Mayor Cook as 2017 President-Elect
(October 25, 2016)
At the recent League of Oregon Cities Annual Conference in Salem, members of the Oregon Mayors Association (OMA) elected Tigard Mayor John L. Cook to serve as the group’s 2017 President-Elect. Approximately 75 percent of Oregon’s mayors are active members of the OMA.

Tigard Water Tests Show Improvements in Water Quality, Lower Lead Levels

(October 20, 2016)
The City of Tigard has recently completed required federal tests for concentrations of lead in drinking water, showing improved water quality and safe, healthy drinking water for customers served in the Tigard Water Service Area. See test results here.

Annual Trick or Treat Returns to Main Street
(October 17, 2016)
The City of Tigard and the Tigard Downtown Alliance are teaming up to host a safe and enjoyable Trick or Treat Main Street celebration that promises fun for families and kids of all ages. The activities take place on Halloween Day, Oct. 31, from 4 to 6 p.m. Kids and adults are encouraged to dress up as their favorite character and enjoy trick or treating at businesses on Main Street in downtown Tigard.

Tigard Awarded $2 Million from U.S. Department of Commerce
(September 29, 2016)
The City of Tigard won $2 million in federal funding for public infrastructure to support economic development and employment growth in Tigard’s industrial/commercial area known as the Hunziker Industrial Core.

Tigard Celebrates International Walk and Bike to School Day on Oct. 5
(September 28, 2016)
Schools in Tigard will join schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day on Oct. 5. Approximately 500 students from Tigard city schools will be walking and rolling to Tigard schools, along with parents, teachers and community leaders.

Tigard Interim Police Chief Appointed
(September 28, 2016)
Cmdr. Robert L. Rogers II has been appointed interim chief with the Tigard Police Department, following the departure of Chief Alan Orr, who formally retires on Sept. 30.

City Recruiting for Three Openings on Budget Committee
(September 15, 2016)
The city is seeking volunteers for the Budget Committee. Applications must be received by 6 p.m., Oct. 31.

Council Continues Community Outreach with Fall-themed Summerfield Meeting
(September 14, 2016)
The Tigard City Council will hold its fall community outreach meeting at the Summerfield Club House on Sept. 21. The event, from 6 to 8 p.m., is open to the public.

Tigard Receives Federal Funding for North Dakota Bridge Replacement
(September 1, 2016)
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) announced last week that Tigard will receive $3,064,676 in Local Bridge Program (LBP) funding for replacement of the North Dakota Street Bridge. Construction would be anticipated in 2020.

Make an Emergency Plan this September

(September 1, 2016)
 
In celebration of National Preparedness Month (NPM), the City of Tigard is highlighting resources available to help neighborhoods in being prepared. The NPM national movement serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit.

A Third Year Taking it to the Streets... with Ice Cream

(August 29, 2016)
For the third year in a row, Tigard residents joined City of Tigard staff for a café on the corner event series in neighborhoods around the city. The neighborhood events are one of Tigard’s most popular, weekly summer activities. City staff bring an ice cream cart and a mobile, pop-up café directly to neighborhoods on summer days in July and August.

City Wins $700,000 Grant to Improve Tigard Street Heritage Trail
(August 23, 2016)
Tigard’s newest trail, the Tigard Street Heritage Trail, will receive a major boost to support biking, walking and downtown revitalization. Oregon’s ConnectOregon VI program is awarding the city $700,000 in funding through a program that supports multimodal transportation statewide with state lottery dollars.

Homegrown Fun: Family Fest Run in Tigard
(August 17, 2016)
On Sept. 10, the City of Tigard, Oregon State Parks and the Tigard Basketball Association will host a Family Fest Fun Run to celebrate the Tigard community. The route will wind through some of the city’s best parks and trails, including Fanno Creek Trail, Tigard Street Trail, Woodard Park and Dirksen Nature Park.

Tigard Police Chief Announces Plans For Retirement

(August 16, 2016)
Tigard Chief of Police Alan Orr has announced his retirement. Orr’s last working day with the Tigard Police Department will be August 31 and a formal retirement is planned for December.

Local Fuel Tax Measure Headed for Fall Ballot
(July 28, 2016)
The Tigard City Council on Tuesday approved placing a fuel tax measure on the November ballot. The measure asks voters to approve an increase to the local gas tax of 5 cents a gallon. If approved by a majority of voters, the measure would raise about $1 million in dedicated revenue to support Tigard’s transportation infrastructure by addressing key pavement management and capital projects, as well as pedestrian and bike improvements.

City Council Forwards Light Rail in Tigard for November Vote
(June 29, 2016)
The Tigard City Council approved placing a measure before Tigard voters in November to allow a planned light rail line to come to Tigard.

Tigard’s Smoking and Vaping Enforcement Begins July 1
(June 20, 2016)
Starting on July 1, penalties against persons who smoke and vape on city-owned property and in parks and on trails can be enforced. A person may be fined up to $100 for first-time offenses and no more than $500 for future violations.

Adopted City Budget Funds Core Services, Boosts Police and Recreation
(June 16, 2016)
The Tigard City Council has adopted its 2016-2017 budget, which provides a spending blueprint for the city through the next fiscal year. The approved $177 million budget allocates more than $123 million to fund city services, handles the city’s debt obligations and pays for improvements to the community, including city roads and the water system. The council approved the budget by a 4-1 vote on June 14.

City of Tigard Awarded $400,000 to Clean Up Main Street Development Site
(May 23, 2016)
The U.S. EPA has awarded the city of Tigard’s downtown development agency two grants worth $400,000 to help clean up the agency-owned properties at Fanno Creek and Main Street, paving the way for continued downtown revitalization. Redevelopment of the properties requires environmental cleanup, which is an essential activity in the city’s Downtown Urban Renewal plan.

Tigard Celebrates National Public Works Week
(May 23, 2016)
Around the clock, seven days a week, the city’s Public Works Department provides key services to our community. And that fit nicely into this year’s theme for National Public Works Week (May 15-21) - Always there!

Tigard’s Walkability Efforts Gain National Notice
(May 11, 2016)
A nationally recognized center that encourages towns and cities across the United States to promote safer walking environments and walking has given Tigard an Honorable Mention for the city’s progress in 2015. Tigard’s vision is to become the most walkable community in the Pacific Northwest where people of all ages and abilities enjoy healthy and interconnected lives.

City Council Approves Revised Street Maintenance Fee Schedule, Possible Gas Tax

(March 25, 2016)
Starting July 1, residential customers will see a drop of $1.09 in their monthly street maintenance fee, which pays for the city’s program that maintains Tigard’s infrastructure on city-owned streets. Commercial customers will see a slight bump in their fees, which are assessed using a system that proportionally measures impacts of those businesses on roadways based on estimated vehicle use.  

Helicopter to Fly Low Over Tigard
(March 24, 2016)
Tigard residents should not be alarmed if they see a low-flying helicopter over areas of Tigard this weekend. Starting on Friday, March 25, and lasting up to two days, the city’s contractor has hired a helicopter and photographer to collect data over the stream corridors of Tigard.  

Food for Fines Drive Returns to Library
(March 16, 2016)
Tigard Library users can take a bite out of their fines next week at the library’s annual Food for Fines drive from Sunday, March 20–Saturday, March 26. For each donated non-perishable food item, the library will forgive $1 of fines up to $10. The library will donate the food to the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Tigard, which will distribute it to families in need. For more information, visit www.tigard-or.gov/food_for_fines/index.php.

Tigard Celebrates Trees During April
(March 14, 2016)
Each year the City of Tigard proclaims April as Arbor Month. This year Mayor John Cook’s proclamation will take place on March 22, 2016. Arbor Day is a nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. Nationally, Arbor Day is celebrated the last Friday of April. In Oregon, the first week of April is known as Oregon Arbor Week. In Tigard, the City Council encourages citizens to celebrate trees during the entire month of April.

Tigard Rolls Out Welcome Mat for Food Trucks at City Hall
(March 8, 2016)
Starting March 16, Tigard will join the ranks of many cities in the region in support of a growing trend in food and restaurateur entrepreneurism—food carts and food trucks. The City of Tigard’s new initiative welcomes food entrepreneurs right in the heart of the city, at City Hall. For more information, read Tigard’s new food cart policy.

Newly Adopted Fee Will Support City Parks and Recreation
(February 11, 2016)
The Tigard City Council has unanimously adopted a new parks and recreation fee to partially pay for park maintenance and operations that will be charged as part of the utility bill of residents and businesses. A typical residential customer who receives a utility statement from the City of Tigard will begin seeing a monthly charge of $3.75. Typical business customers will see a monthly charge of approximately $7, based on the number of parking spaces.

Family Fun Egg Hunt at Cook Park on March 26
(February 8, 2016)
Rain or shine, the City of Tigard will be celebrating the much-anticipated arrival of spring in Northwest with an egg hunt and other family-friendly activities in Cook Park the morning of March 26. The events will run from 9 a.m. to noon, and will include an egg hunt for children up to 10 years of age, crafts and a visit from the big bunny. Participants are encouraged to register online before March 23 at: www.tigard-or.gov/egghunt. (View parking and walking map)

Tigard Students! Enter the 2016 "If I Were Mayor, I Would..." Contest
(February 3, 2016)
Tigard students in grades 4–12, including students who are home schooled, are encouraged to enter the 2016 "If I Were Mayor…" student contest sponsored by the Oregon Mayors Association (OMA).

Tigard Parks, Trails and Public Property Will Soon Be Smoke Free
(January 28, 2016)
The Tigard City Council acted to promote the health and well-being of all Tigard residents and the city’s workforce by banning the smoking of tobacco and other products and the use of electronic cigarettes on city-owned parks and trails, and by prohibiting the use of those products on all city-owned and operated property.
 



2015 Press Releases

Tigard Social Service and Community Events Grants Available
(December 31, 2015)
Are you a member of a registered non-profit organization providing services to our community? Do you know of a community event in need of funding? Did you know that Tigard sets aside 0.5 percent of the operating budget to fund social services and community events?

Mayor Cook Donates iPad Mini to Tigard Youth Program
(December 16, 2015)
Tigard Mayor John L. Cook surprised SupaFresh Youth Farm Program Director Katrin Dougherty with the gift of a new iPad Mini tablet to help youth and staff involved in this valuable YouthSource program. 

Survey Highlights Residents’ Views on Transit, Parks, Walkability and Recreation
(December 16, 2015)
The Tigard City Council this week heard a report on the city’s community attitudes survey, which provides the council and city officials an overview of residents’ views on a range of issues in Tigard every two years.
 

Tigard Man Drowns In Tualatin River
(December 9, 2015)
Tigard Police received a call at approximately 2:45 p.m. on December 8th reporting that a person was seen in the Tualatin River adjacent to Cook Park in Tigard. Within minutes, a Tigard Police officer arrived at the boat launch area of the park and learned from witnesses that a man had jumped into the river and was being carried quickly downriver.

New Water Testing Begins Testing Phase in November
(November 16, 2015)
Project work on the Lake Oswego Tigard Water Partnership in Tigard continues, as crews finish work on the Bonita Pump Station and the testing of new equipment begins. Before the City of Tigard can begin delivering water from its new water source from the partnership to the entire service area, it will need to ensure the operability of improvements to the water delivery system and the system’s capacity to deliver a new water source in the existing water system. Tigard’s Water Division will begin testing the new connection with the Clackamas River water source in mid-November 2015. System tests will continue through spring 2016. The city currently receives its drinking water from the City of Portland.

Mixed-Use Housing Project in Downtown Tigard Breaks Ground
(November 14, 2015)
The City of Tigard and the City Center Development Agency, the city’s urban renewal agency, will celebrate the start of work on the $30 million Burnham and Ash mixed-use development, on Monday, Nov. 16, at 4 p.m.
 
Voters Approve Countywide Library Levy: Tigard Library Will Open on Thursdays
(November 4, 2015)
Voters approved a countywide library levy on Tuesday. Unofficial results show that the measure passed by a margin of 64 percent to 36 percent.  Passage of the levy means that the Tigard Library will re-open on Thursdays beginning January 7, 2016.  “We are thrilled that voters came out and showed their support for public libraries,” Tigard Library Director Margaret Barnes said. “It’s a win for reading. It’s a win for education.  It’s a win for the community.”
 

Previous 2015 press releases archived here.

2014 Press Releases

Enterprise Zone Created to Spur Business Expansion and Hiring in Tigard
(December 23, 2014)
Tigard businesses looking to expand their workforce and operations in 2015 received an early Christmas present this month when the State of Oregon approved the City of Tigard’s application for an enterprise zone.  Qualified firms located in the Tigard Enterprise Zone can receive a property tax exemption on new capital investments if they increase employment by 10 percent. Read more...

River Terrace development moves closer with key council votes
(December 18, 2014)
The Tigard City Council has adopted key measures that move the long-planned River Terrace development closer to groundbreaking. The actions follow several years of public engagement and extensive discussions by city planners with developers, residents and other stakeholders. Read more...

Council adopts vision for Tigard to become walkable and interconnected
(November 26, 2014)
The Tigard City Council by a 4-0 vote Tuesday night has approved a 20-year strategic plan, with a vision to become the most walkable community in the Pacific Northwest where people of all ages and abilities enjoy healthy and interconnected lives.

Previous 2014 press releases archived here.

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