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Talent Urban Renewal Agency

TURAThe Talent Urban Renewal Agency was formed in 1991 as a long term investment strategy by the City to eliminate blight and deterioration and improve assessed values within a defined area in downtown Talent.

The Agency designs and builds streets, sidewalks and parks; replaces old water lines, puts some power lines underground, installs street lights and trees, builds parks and civic spaces, assists economic development and provides facade improvement grants for commercial and historic structures.

The Agency is managed by an Executive Director and governed by City Council. It is a separate legal and financial entity, with a financial structure different from that of city government. Currently, the Agency plans to have all projects completed and bonds paid off by July 17, 2019.

To learn more about how Urban Renewal Districts function, click here.

Current Projects & Programs

Past Projects

  • West Valley View Project  (2004 – 2016):
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John Street Improvements (1995)
  • Civic Center, Commons & New City Hall 2008
  • Front Street  2005
  • Home Street 2008
  • Historic Wagner Creek Bridge esthetic & safety improvements 2006
  • Downtown street light “dark sky” retrofit 2004
  • Partial funding of Highway 99 & Rapp Road improvements 2005-06
  • Parking lot assistance for businesses impacted by Highway 99 expansion  2005-06
  • Major grant to Talent Library building expansion
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    Depot & New City Hall
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  • Main Street & rail crossing  2003
  • Old Town Park (skate park) landscaping  2004
  • Acquisition of land for Depot, skate park and Civic Center-Commons-City Hall    
  • New Street  2001 & 2011
  • Talent Avenue (downtown) 1996
  • North Talent Avenue 2009
  • John Street 1995
  • Street lights & street trees 1995

Budget & Background

2019-2020 Approved Budget
2018-2019 Adopted Budget
Urban Renewal Plan (Adopted 7/6/2005)
Urban Renewal Plan (Adopted 1991)

Urban Renewal Overview and Goals Presentation (2/7/2018)

Annual Reports

Contact Information


Sandra Spelliscy, Executive Director
110 E. Main St.
PO Box 445
Talent, OR 97540
office: 541-535-1566
fax: 541-535-7423

1st and 3rd Wednesday 6:00 p.m. at Town Hall

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Darby Ayers-Flood   Chair      
Emily Berlant   Member      
Jason Clark   Member      
Stephanie Dolan   Member      
John Harrison   Member      
Daria Land   Member      
Eleanor Ponomareff   Vice-Chair      


Agenda & Minutes  
TURA Regular Meeting - May 20
TURA Study Session - May 20
TURA Regular Session - May 7
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