On May 16, 2017 MEDP hosted Oregon Governor Kate Brown to help the state learn more about the community and businesses in McMinnville, Oregon. The visit was coordinated with the help of our Regional Solutions Coordinator, James LaBar, and our partners throughout the community and state. State partners, Director of Regional Solutions and Jobs and Economic Policy Advisor, Jason Lewis-Berry, and Assistant Director of Business Oregon and Executive Director of Infrastructure Finance Authority, Chris Cummings also attended the visit and spoke with our community leaders.
At MEDP we have set an aspirational goal of fostering the creation of 1,500 family wage jobs in the next 15 years to celebrate McMinnville’s 150th anniversary in 2032. We know that this is a large goal, and we cannot complete it on our own. Partnerships throughout the state and support on all levels will be needed to reach the 1,500 mark. Working with our local Regional Solutions Coordinator, Business Oregon, and both our local and federal representatives, the task becomes easier when you leverage partnerships and collaboration. Hosting the governor was an opportunity to bring rural Oregon into the focus and express concerns we are facing as a community. It was also an opportunity to show the state some of the fantastic people and products that represent #McMinnvilleMADE.