The GROW EDC-sponsored North Santiam Economic Vitality Summit slated for April 29 in Stayton has secured two dynamic speakers to launch the day.
Keynote Lanie J. McMullin, MFA, has experience building viable and vital communities for more than 30 years and is known as a favorite economic development presenter throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Debra Hansen designs and offers classes and workshops to local farmers, entrepreneurs, nonprofits and small businesses. These speakers will spark energy at the Summit, facilitated by Rural Development Initiatives (RDI) in partnership with the Ford Family Foundation.
McMullin, Economic Development Consultant and Executive Director for the City of Everett, Wash., has extensive experience working in a variety of communities—including revitalization projects in more than 136 cities. She is an internationally sought-after public speaker on the creation of healthy communities, the role of cultural arts in economic development and becoming a change-maker.
Hansen, Director of Washington State University Stevens County Extension, finds enjoyment out of helping leaders understand their role in building and sustaining abundant, resilient communities and creating successful collaborations. She helped develop Ripple Effect Mapping, an evaluation tool that explores the positive effects of complex community programs.
The afternoon will be devoted to talking about special opportunities for economic development in the North Santiam area with a focus on employing and leveraging assets we currently have. The post-lunch discussion will cover topics of interest to our region, and include panelists who will talk about rural tourism, special opportunities in natural resources, and youth engagement and entrepreneurship.
This free event is April 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Foothills Church in Stayton. The Summit’s theme is “Imagine the possibilities,” and the goal is to increase economic vitality by sharing resources and generating new ideas to invigorate our region of rural communities from Aumsville to Idanha. This event is open to anyone interested or involved in the economic vitality of this North Santiam region.
Trexler Farm of Stayton will cater the event, with morning treats provided by Sugar and Spice Bakery of Lyons. The North Santiam Young Pros group will host an after-party, at a location to be determined. For more information on The Summit and how to register for this event, contact McKenzie at 503.871.5188 or firstname.lastname@example.org.