Investing Locally in the Future of Creswell

October, 2016

The Creswell Economic Vitality Summit, Homegrown Prosperity: Building a Better Creswell, brought together approximately 35 community members, economic vitality experts, and young entrepreneurs in late September. The one-day interactive summit featured keynote speaker John Morgan, Executive Director of the Chinook Institute for Civic Leadership, who spoke about the fundamentals of community leadership. 
 
The young entrepreneur panelists, Taylor Larson of My Brothers' Farm, Bobbie Frost of Harrold's Dairy, and Jessica Moore of Farmlands Market, touched on the challenges and opportunities regarding access to local resources for doing business in Creswell, and they have visions for growing their businesses and keeping them thriving where they're planted. A panel focused on lessons from thriving satellite communities with representatives from the City of Coburg, the City of Silverton, and the City of Sisters shared insights and tips for leveraging resources. Creswell's Economic Development Coordinator Michael Dehart, and RDI’s Heidi Khokhar, Jess Hampton, and Mary Bosch, also presented at the summit. Catering was provided by students from Creswell Middle School.
 
Delivered in partnership with local community foundation, Creswell First, the Creswell Economic Vitality Summit was designed to bring community stakeholders together to generate new ideas and move participants to action. The community has a strong foundation of people who are energized, and attendees left with ideas for future projects, with a focus on entrepreneurship, increasing civic engagement, and establishing a shared community vision. Participants also hope to maintain the momentum of successes from the last year, including Hope Restored (restoring houses for local families with small children) and the Creswell Beautification Project.
 
Economic Vitality Summits focus on empowering rural economies and investing locally in the future of our communities, and include exciting strategies designed to inform what is happening locally and provide methods for boosting regional economic vitality. The goal is to increase economic vitality by sharing resources and generating new ideas to invigorate rural communities. Interested in bringing an Economic Vitality Summit to your region? Contact Mary Bosch, Director of Rural Economic Vitality Services, at mbosch@rdiinc.org, or submit a request form which can be downloaded from our website.