Multnomah County Courthouse

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By: Stephanie Basalyga | Daily Journal of Commerce
April 29, 2016

For years, attorneys and judges struggled to gain the ears of county officials and state legislators to alert them to the security and seismic risks inherent in outdated county courthouses across the state.

In 2013, those efforts paid off when the Oregon Legislature created programs to provide money matches for construction of new courthouses as well as for short-term improvements for existing ones.

If there was any question whether counties would actually take the issue seriously, those doubts have been laid to rest. With more requests than mo