Rural Oregon Day is a celebration of small towns and rural communities everywhere in Oregon. It was held at the State Library in Salem on April 4th. It was an important day for people in our state, as people can learn about how rural communities are addressing issues such as housing, development, and education.

The Innovate Willamina sent several community members to discuss local initiatives. Timbertown Media created a video display for the event and took footage of the Rural Oregon Day event.

While our goal was to spread the word about Willamina initiatives, we got to see other rural communities  promoting their own causes and unique needs. We saw people joining together for the chance to change something or make something grow and evolve. It gave people a chance to help their communities, and it demonstrated how people in Oregon who live miles away can all give each other a hand.

Governor Kate Brown gave a speech to the people attending Rural Oregon Day. She brought to light the ways in which state government is working to help rural towns along with larger cities. For the rest of the morning, Governor Brown showed her support by visiting the booths, shaking hands, and making conversation with people young and old.

Finally, many from the audience stood up to talk about problems they face and recent accomplishments in their towns. After all the speeches were done, the people went back to their booths and exchanged information for companies and projects in their towns. Rural Oregon Day was a great success, and we all look forward to next year.