Yamhill County, Oregon


Innovators and hard work are at the heart of its foundation…

The tradition of innovation continues...


Yamhill County is home to a new generation of makers and creators.

What is Innovate Yamhill?

The Innovate Yamhill initiative brings our school, community and businesses together to learn the skills and mindsets of innovation that are needed to drive economic growth in our region. Here are some things we’re doing:


Connecting people to possibilities.


Agriculture and viticulture is at the heart of our Yamhill economy. But new digital technologies is shaping these sectors as never before, allowing us to be smarter, faster in order to reduce costs and improve yields. A whole new field called Ag Tech is emerging. We need to prepare our future farmers to be at the forefront of these advances.


Our manufacturing sector employs more people than any other sector. But new production technologies and a new field called Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming every aspect of manufacturing. To continue to grow and keep ourselves at the cutting edge of new markets, Yamhill needs employees that are empowered with the skills and mindsets of innovation.


In an innovation economy, the creative sector is emerging as a critical component to fuel long-term economic growth. The creative sector brings together designers, coders and makers to continually develop new solutions that drive business opportunities. Yamhill, with it’s long history as innovators, is developing new potential everyday.

Who we are…

Industry Professionals

Industry Professionals

Local businesses impacting big change.

Offering expertise and mentorship to help solve our complex problems.



Challenging young minds to discover tomorrow's solutions.

Learning to see ourselves as creative innovators, beyond the limits of the classroom.



Improving the way we teach, communicate, learn.

Providing the tools for students to unlock their potential as creative problem solvers and innovators.



We are everyday people... Like you and I.

Supporting our students and community, developing ideas, and enacting change.

Our Stories & Experiences

Strategic Doing in Yamhill County

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,...

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Signs Over Willamina

The Innovate Willamina signs are up and they look great! One is located coming in from HWY 22, and the other in the middle of downtown by the Garden Spot Park. Two more signs will soon be added to the mix, one at the West Valley Community Campus and the other at the...

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Senator Wyden Visits Dayton High School

Senator Ron Wyden visited Dayton High School last Wednesday to learn more about Innovate Dayton and to hear from the students how this process of re-imagining school is transforming their educational experience. The Senator was extremely impressed. As a national...

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Willamina to be Next 10 Gigabit City

Willamina city council members, educators, and community members gathered at a Town Hall meeting Tuesday night to witness the announcement of Willamina as the next 10 gigabit city in Oregon, the second city on the West Coast and 4th in the nation. Volunteers have...

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Willamette Valley Drone Challenge: Kick-off Event

Last Saturday we launched a regional drone challenge at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum. Over 40 students, teachers and industry professionals from around the region came together to map out the next steps for launching the Willamette Valley Drone Challenge....

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Innovate Initiatives

Partnerships in the Community

Working together to create tomorrow



Educators, students, businesses, government and community leaders



We are working together to create an inclusive innovation-based economy



We are committed to creating new opportunities for our communities



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See how local changes can have a global impact.

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