WealthWorks Northwest by Mallory Rahe Oregon State Extension Service and the OSU Rural Studies Program is working with Rural Development Initiatives, a non-profit providing leadership training and technical assistance throughout rural Oregon to bring the WealthWorks model of community economic development to Oregon.
In the spring this collaborative hosted four regional workshops across the state and invited rural regions to think about value chain opportunities in their region and to learn about a technical assistance and funding opportunity. Over 100 people attended including multiple area Extension agents. I have argued that this is a great project for Extension to be involved in as the goal is to create and sustain community assets fixing wealth in rural places. Now we have selected six regions to continue their exploration, all of the value chains selected have an agricultural and community development component, and I am pleased to report on the terrific involvement of OSU Extension.