With Meet LGMSD, we take you behind the scenes to introduce you to the folks who make us who we are—the Board, the Committees, the volunteers, and the staff. Each week, we plan to introduce you to one of the many individuals who contribute so much to La Grande Main Street, ultimately making La Grande a vibrant, stable, and beautiful place to gather, shop, eat, work, live, and play
This week, we continue our introductions with Board Member and Promotion Committee member Tori Gandy.
Tori was born in Salem, Oregon and has lived in La Grande for over 30 years. She graduated from Portland State University. Tori is a partner at Elkhorn Media Group and works with many local and regional businesses. She has served on the Union County Chamber Board, the Tiger Booster Board and the La Grande Downtown Development Board (before the name change), as well as being an active member of Soroptimist International of La Grande. She has been in marketing for over 30 years. She began her career with an agency in Portland and, when she moved to La Grande, she went to work in radio.
Tori became involved with La Grande Main Street because she believes this community has the potential to have an even more thriving downtown that is inviting to locals and tourists alike. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors and serves on the Promotions committee, as well as working on the Crazy Days Sub Commitee.
Tori says that the most fun thing about being involved in La Grande Main Street is that she gets to work with a great group of people who all want to see downtown La Grande be vibrant and thriving. She says that they all see the potential and are working to share that vision with the community and visitors alike.
Most weekends, Tori and her husband spend time with their 3 dogs, two mini-Aussie heelers (Ace and Butch) and one huge Golden Doodle (Mac), exploring Eastern Oregon’s campgrounds and lakes. Some of their favorite camping spots include Olive Lake, Jubilee Lake and Wallowa Lake. They also like hiking the trails at Anthony Lakes and MERA.
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