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City Recruiting for Several Openings on Audit Committee
(September 20, 2018)
Formed in 2012, the Audit Committee ensures transparency in the management of both financial and performance audits and provide critical assistance to the auditors and management. The city is expanding the role of the Audit Committee to include performance audits of city departments. Audits are expected to be completed between now and the end of 2020.

City Recruiting for Openings on Budget Committee
(September 20, 2018)
Preparing the city budget is one of the most important roles ofany municipal government. The budget is how the city pays for essential services from public safety to the library to planning and development. Every spring the Budget Committee proposes a spending blueprint for the fiscal year. The committee is comprised of five city councilors and five citizen members.

Five Tigard Schools Participated in 2018 Walk + Roll Challenge

(July 12, 2018)
Tigard’s Safe Routes to School program challenged all elementary and middle schools to go beyond one-day national bike to school day events and promote active travel to and from schools. Five schools rose to the challenge and selected a four-week period from April 30 through June 14 to encourage active transportation.

Community Preparedness Fair Returns to Cook Park

(July 11, 2018)
Jump start your emergency preparedness on Friday, July 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. with a free preparedness fair, barbecue and concert in Cook Park.

Fanno Creek Trail Closures Coming to Downtown and Dirksen Nature Park in July
(July 5, 2018)
Two sections of the Fanno Creek Trail, in Fanno Creek Park and in Dirksen Nature Park, will be temporarily closed due to construction activities starting in July.

Tigard’s FY19 Budget Reduces Spending by 9.4 Percent
(June 27, 2018)
The Tigard City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday, June 26, to adopt the city’s Fiscal Year 18/19 Budget approved by the Budget Committee. The new $126 million budget contains reductions of over $11 million, which includes $2.5 million in cuts in General Fund operating expenses.

Tigard Celebrates Annual Water Independence Day

(June 13, 2018)
The City of Tigard and Tigard Water Service Area are again celebrating their Water Independence Day. This milestone date commemorates completion of the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Supply Program on June 9, 2016. On Water Independence Day, Tigard proudly made the transition from renter to water supply owner, securing Tigard’s water future.
Tigard Code Update to Add More Housing Options for All Stages of Life

(May 30, 2018)
City staff, working with a Housing Options Task Force appointed by City Council, is currently drafting development code amendments that will provide for a greater diversity of housing options in Tigard. This project is the result of a 2013 Housing Strategies Report, which found that Tigard lacked diversity in its housing options.

Congresswoman Bonamici Visits Tigard to Spotlight Federal Investment in the Hunziker Industrial Core Project
(May 30, 2018)
The City of Tigard is hosting a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Hunziker Industrial Core Access Project on Friday, June 1 at 9:30 a.m. Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici will deliver remarks about the Hunziker Project and its expected impact on the Tigard community.

Mayor John L. Cook Announces Retirement
(May 21, 2018)
Mayor John L. Cook, a self-employed CPA and financial advisor, will finish his current term as Tigard mayor on Dec. 31, and then retire from elected office.

Tigard Prepared to Move Forward with Budget Cutbacks Following Levy Vote
Budget Committee Holds Key to Next Steps

(May 15, 2018)
Unofficial election results from the Washington County Elections Office show Measure 34-283, the City of Tigard’s request for an operating and capital levy to fund police, parks and the library, was defeated on the May 15 ballot.

City of Tigard Awarded Coveted National Endowment for the Arts Grant
(May 9, 2018)
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced 60 awards totaling $4.1 million supporting projects across the nation through the NEA’s Our Town program.  The City of Tigard is one of 60 recommended organizations for a grant of $75,000 to add interpretative elements and artworks as part of an Outdoor Museum along the Tigard Street Heritage Trail. 

Hundreds of Tigard Students and Parents Take to the Streets on May 9

(May 7, 2018)
Tigard’s Safe Routes to School program, the Tigard-Tualatin School District and hundreds of Tigard school children and parents will celebrate National Bike to School Day on May 9. Young people and their families will be biking, rolling and strolling to all eight Tigard-area elementary and middle schools.

City of Tigard Seeks Applicants for Community Events and Social Services Grants
(December 28, 2017)
Are you a member of a registered nonprofit organization providing services to our community? Do you know of a community event in need of funding? Each year, Tigard sets aside a portion of the operating budget to assist agencies whose work aligns with the City Council’s goals and the Strategic Plan.

Council Vote Clears the Way for Tigard Triangle Transformation
(December 18, 2017)
The City Council voted unanimously to rezone most of the land in the Tigard Triangle last week in a move to accelerate pedestrian-friendly development in this underdeveloped area. The rezoning of the nearly 500-acre area will make it easier for property owners to develop their land. It will also transform the Triangle into a district with far more housing and small businesses than are currently there.

Urban Renewal Plan Brings More Improvements to Downtown Tigard

(November 16, 2017)
In 2006, Tigard voters approved the City Center Urban Renewal Plan that started the revitalization effort of downtown Tigard. Halfway through the 20-year implementation of the plan downtown, Tigard has seen notable changes including street and sidewalk improvements, new mixed-use development and new downtown business investment.

Tigard Helps Small Business Startups with New Guide
(November 1, 2017)
The City of Tigard is home to more than 3,000 businesses from nearly every sector, including larger firms with a global reach (Gerber Gear and Stash Tea) and small businesses with a local focus (Koi Fusion and Zuñiga Foods). To make it easier for smaller firms to thrive, the city’s Economic Development Department is launching a new guide and resource webpage for would-be and existing entrepreneurs.

Tigard Wins Award for Creating a Safe Work Environment
(October 5, 2017)
The City of Tigard’s efforts to promote workplace safety were honored last week at the League of Oregon Cities’ annual conference in Portland. Tigard received City County Insurance Services’ (CIS) Silver Safety Award to honor the city’s employee safety record during the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

Students in Tigard Taking an Active Route to School
(September 26, 2017)
Eight Tigard-area elementary and middle schools will join schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk and Bike to School Day on Oct. 4.

Share Your Views at Budget and Brews this Thursday
(August 8, 2017)
Tigard’s Budget and Brews events are designed to connect residents, business owners and others interested in local government with city leaders. The brief sessions, held at local coffee houses and pubs, provide information about city services, service delivery and funding sources—with a focus on the city’s current financial challenge to maintain funding for day-to-day services at current levels.

Zimmerman to Play Key Roles as Assistant City Manager

(July 10, 2017)
The City of Tigard welcomed Eric Zimmerman to its leadership team today. Zimmerman steps in as the new assistant city manager, replacing Liz Newton, who recently retired after serving the city more than three decades.

Council Adopts Tigard’s Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Budget
(June 15, 2017)
The City Council adopted Tigard’s fiscal year 2017-2018 budget unanimously Tuesday during a public hearing. The approved and balanced budget provides a detailed accounting summary of how the city will provide essential services and meet the community’s needs. It also highlights the City Council’s priorities to make the greatest positive impact in the community.

Moody’s Upgrades Tigard’s Bond Ratings, Showing Confidence in City

(June 12, 2017)
Moody’s Investors Service recently upgraded two of the City of Tigard’s bond ratings, reflecting a positive assessment of the city’s creditworthiness with its bond debt obligations.

Sip, Savor, Stroll at the Taste of Tigard Food Festival
(June 7, 2017)
Tigard’s food and beverage entrepreneurs will gather in downtown Tigard on Saturday, June 17, for the first-ever Taste of Tigard Food Festival. The free event also offers a $15 Tasting Passport for attendees who would like a tasting tour to sample from all 12 vendors and get discounts on food purchases.

Library Café Set to Close on June 10
(June 7, 2017)
At the June 6 meeting of Tigard’s City Council, the tenants of the Literary Feast Café, located in the lobby of the Tigard Public Library, notified the city that they will not be signing a new lease and will be closing on Saturday, June 10.

Auto-Pedestrian Fatality Under Investigation
(May 21, 2017)
On the evening of May 21, 2017, a 9-1-1 call sent Tigard Police to an auto-pedestrian crash. The incident occurred at approximately 10:25 p.m. in the 12900 block of SW Pacific Highway in Tigard. The victim, Norma Alicia Mendoza of Gresham, was struck by a northbound vehicle while attempting to cross Pacific Highway near Frewing St.

Water Tests Confirm Improvements in Water Quality, Lower Lead Levels
(May 11, 2017)
The City of Tigard recently completed a second round of required federal tests for concentrations of lead in drinking water, and is celebrating improved water quality as part of National Drinking Water Week. Tests showed improved water quality and safe, healthy drinking water for customers. See the test results.

More Improvements Coming to Downtown Tigard

(May 2, 2017)
In 2006, Tigard voters approved the City Center Urban Renewal Plan that started the revitalization effort of downtown Tigard. Halfway through the 20-year implementation of the plan, downtown Tigard has seen notable changes including street and sidewalk improvements, new mixed-use development and new downtown business investment.

Two Tigard Urban Renewal Ballot Measures Head to Voters in May Election  
(April 26, 2017)
City of Tigard residents will have the opportunity to vote on implementing an urban renewal plan for the Tigard Triangle in the upcoming May election. The City Council adopted the plan in December before sending the plan to voters in Ballot Measure 34-275.

Tigard Celebrates Biking and Walking for Young People on May 6 and 10

(April 25, 2017)
In conjunction with National Bike Month, the City of Tigard’s Safe Routes to School program is gearing up for two big events in May that promote biking as well as walking for young people.

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.

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

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: (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.

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