GROW is proud to be the fiscal sponsor for Aumsville's United Way Working Together for Education grant. See below how the City of Aumsville, Aumsville Elementary and many partners are collaborating to improve literacy and the lives of Aumsville's children and families. For more information and to get involved, call Lora Hofmann at 503.749.2030 or Allison Ford McKenzie 503.871.5188. Click here for more information about United Way of Mid-Willamette Valley

Rural Tourism Studio

We are so pleased to announce that Travel Oregon's Destination Development Team is coming to town on March 29 and April 12 from 9am 5pm to teach us how to build a robust tourism economy here.

Whether you are involved in a tourism-related business, interested in this opportunity for local economic development, or have ideas you have been bursting to share, you are invited to be part of this special event. We hope you can bring your talents to the party!

Launched in its new format for our region, this Rural Tourism Studio will help us ramp up our skills, teach us the ins and outs of rural tourism, and help us put a successful action plan together to take our projects from idea to implementation. Participation is free but everyone needs to register.

You can register for this free event here:

This is part of our follow-up to the Economic Vitality Summit last spring and the tourism and economic vitality gatherings we had in May and June. We've been talking with Travel Oregon about this opportunity since last summer and are so pleased to be able to bring this event to our area.

This training is for our entire North Santiam River region, from Aumsville and Scio up to Marion Forks and Breitenbush. Our focus will be on outdoor recreation, but the information we learn here can be applied to all other tourism initiatives we want to pursue. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get this training for our area. That's why we hope you can be there!

Here are the details:


  • Community Tourism Workshop Part 1 | Tuesday, March 29 | 9 a.m. 5 p.m.
    • Location: Gates Fire Hall | 140 E Sorbin Street, Gates, OR 97346

  • Online Training (series of 4/ 20 min. each) | March 30 April 11 (to be completed on own by participants)
    • Location: Gates Fire Hall | 140 E Sorbin Street, Gates, OR 97346
    • GROW offers an opportunity to do online training in a group for those who would like company

  • Community Tourism Workshop Part 2 | Tuesday, April 12 | 9 a.m. 5 p.m.
    • Location: TBD

Registration required. Please register here:

Want to feel great about living and doing business here while you get ready for the tourism trainings? See this story by Justin Much in the Sunday March 13 Statesman Journal:

Young Professionals Group

After talking with some of our younger entrepreneurs and businesspeople earlier this spring, GROW decided it was time to create an opportunity for young professionals to get together and meet each other. We see growing energy among this age group, and a sincere desire to connect with each other to improve their businesses, careers and communities - and have some fun doing it. These are our up-and-coming business and community leaders (some are already!), but they haven't had a forum to speak together with one voice or come together to network with and learn from each other. This new group will provide that opportunity.

Our hope is that making connections between folks in this age group will inspire larger projects region-wide, further anchor the investment these young people have made in our communities, and provide an active forum for them to do business their way while bringing a fresh perspective to economic development in our area.

Meets the 3rd Thursday of the month from 8 9:30am at Trexler Farm

For those who may not know, Trexler Farm is about 1 mile west of the flashing light in Mehama, on Ferry Rd, just off of Hwy 22. Address is 20146 Ferry Rd SE, Stayton, OR.

Small Steps, Big Results

"Small Steps, Big Results" is a monthly workshop that will help you make great strides in your business or organization, one small step at a time. Held in the company of like-minded local individuals, this lively group of entrepreneurs celebrates successes, makes inspiring plans for the future, and supports each other in the process. A great place to have fun and build momentum while you work on your business, non-profit or special project!

"Small Steps, Big Results" is free and open to anyone who lives or works in GROW's service area, from Aumsville/Scio to Marion Forks. For more info call Allison at 503.871.5188.

Meets the 1st Monday of the month (except July and August) from 8 10am at Trexler Farm

FREE. Call 503.871.5188 for more info.


We serve the communities of Aumsville, Scio, Stayton, Sublimity, Lyons, Mehama, Little North Fork/Elkhorn Valley, Mill City, Gates, Detroit, Idanha, Breitenbush, and Marion Forks.

We work with local governments, businesses and organizations as well as with various county, state and federal agencies to develop linkages and cooperative opportunities, finding viable solutions to local needs.

We facilitate a broad spectrum of projects, with one goal in mind: to support and sustain a diverse local economy. We work one-on-one with area entrepreneurs, providing resources to help build and strengthen our local businesses.