POLK COUNTY — Polk County was among a group of partners recognized with the Outstanding Public/Private Partnership award at the Strategic Economic Development Corporation Annual Honors Luncheon earlier this month.
The award honors “outstanding cooperation on a project or initiative with public benefit in mind” and was given to the “Make It in the Mid-Willamette Valley” project.
The group includes Polk County, Marion County, Yamhill County, Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments, Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership, and Incite.
The project was started in 2013 with a $2.2 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.
These funds have helped keep businesses and jobs at home and to help train local workers.
The three-year project has helped to support an innovative and collaborative culture for businesses in the region.