The Yamhill County Economic Vitality Summit, Strategic Doing in Yamhill County, was organized by Rural Development Initiatives (RDI) and held on November 14th at the Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg. This one-day summit brought together community members, stakeholders, and leaders for the purpose of identifying actionable 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. Then strategic-doing-exercise-economic-vitality-summit-jpgthe teams participated in a Strategic Doing™ exercise, led by the University of Oregon Community Service Center, with the goal to learn techniques for tackling these priorities. With priorities established and a proven method of engaging community to “do,” the summit was 100% successful and laid the groundwork for the next session on February 1, 2017.  For more information, contact RDI’s Gary Stewart, gstewart@rdiinc.org or Yamhill County Commissioner Stan Primozich, primozichs@co.yamhill.or.us.