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Ellensburg downtown director takes Oregon job

ELLENSBURG -- The face of one of Central Washington's well-known downtown revitalization movements is stepping down.

Timothy Bishop will leave his post as executive director for the Ellensburg Downtown Association at month's end to move to Baker County in Oregon and serve as its marketing and tourism director.

The new job marks a return for Bishop. He started his downtown development career as the first director of the Main Street program in Baker City, Ore.

"Being familiar with Baker County and some of the tourism products there, it just seemed like a good fit," he said.

The new job also is a departure for Bishop, who has spent two decades working to revitalize downtowns throughout the Northwest.

Bishop, 44, came to the Ellensburg Downtown Association in August 2006 to build a then-young downtown revitalization program.

Ellensburg's downtown advocates credit Bishop for bringing stability to the area's downtown development program.

His efforts have led to 20 new businesses opening in downtown Ellensburg in 2009, and five more have opened shop in 2010 so far.