North Santiam Economic Vitality Summit

You are invited to be part of the North Santiam Economic Vitality Summit coming up on Wed, April 29 from 8:30am 4pm at Foothills Church in Stayton.

This summit, whose theme is "Imagine the Possibilities," is the first step in building a new roadmap for prosperity in our area. We'd love for you to be part of this important conversation, sponsored by GROW in partnership with Rural Development Initiatives (RDI) and the Ford Family Foundation.

You can register for the Summit right here.

We have lined up some inspiring speakers that day who will talk about what it takes to create a vital community, how other communities have successfully reinvented themselves, and those special opportunities we have right now in our area with tourism, natural resources and our young people. We'll do some brainstorming toward the end of the day and come away from this special event with some new ideas and action steps we can get working on right now.

Our local North Santiam Young Professionals group is hosting an After Party too.

This Summit is free and open to anyone who cares about the economic vitality of our area. We hope you can attend this transformative event!

Any questions? Contact Allison at 503.871.5188

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.

Next Dates:
Thurs, April 16Thurs, May 21Thurs, June 18Thurs, July 16Thurs, August 20
8:00 - 9:45am 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.

Next Dates:
Mon, May 4Wed, June 3
8:00 - 10:00am 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.