Incorporated in 1865 and originally known as Brownsville, La Grande is now the regional hub of commerce and education. With a population of about 13,000, La Grande is the Union County seat and the largest city in the region. La Grande is home to Eastern Oregon University, which adds an amazing depth of cultural, athletic and diversity amenities to the community. Those who have relocated to La Grande find intriguing and an exciting mix of a laid back place with no congestion and short commutes and the “big city” offerings of dance, theatre, sporting events and live music presented by the university.
The city is the regional operations center for many state and federal agencies as well as Union Pacific Railroad. The original Oregon Trail runs right through La Grande, as does the Grande Ronde River and Interstate 84. La Grande is also the “jump off” point for the historic Joseph, popular Wallowa Lake and the breathtaking Eagle Cap Wilderness area.
La Grande’s downtown is rich with history and economic opportunity for small businesses. In 2008, La Grande was one of the eleven communities selected to participate in the newly revised Oregon Main Street program. Combined with the city’s Building Facade Grant Program, downtown La Grande is seeing a revitalization effort like none other. Downtown La Grande, already a wonderful place to shop, live and play, is a handsome old friend undergoing an extreme makeover.
Contact information:City of La Grande Robert Strope- City Manager 1000 Adams Avenue. La Grande, OR 97850 541.962.1309 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cityoflagrande.org