Working for Rural Vitality in Oregon

November saw the Yamhill County Economic Vitality Summit, organized by Rural Development Initiatives (RDI) and held in Newberg. The summit brought together community members, stakeholders, and leaders to identify economic development priorities for the county between now and 2020.

Prior to the event, a countywide survey determined top 5 areas of concern: transportation, housing, infrastructure, land use, and workforce and talent development.  At the summit, 93 participants became 5 teams, one team for each area, to determine the top priorities in each area. Each of the teams then used Strategic Doing™, guided by the University of Oregon Community Service Center to formulate next steps. The group will re-gather in February to keep moving forward. Learn more here.

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Liz Nilsen