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Community Council Reports Findings of Value-added Agriculture Study and Recommendations at September 8 Luncheon; Public Is Invited to Attend

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Contact: Mary Campbell

Value-Added Agriculture will be the focus of Community Council’s annual Study Report Luncheon, noon, Wednesday, September 8 at the Walla Walla Community College conference center.

Study Chair Mari Sanders will discuss the findings and recommendations developed during six-month exploration of how the region’s economic viability might be enhanced through the creation of value-added businesses utilizing agricultural resources.

The event is open to the public. Seating is limited and reservations are required by August 31. To reserve your space, call 509-540-6720 or email Lunch is free of charge, thanks to the generous support of the Mary Garner Esary Charitable Trust.

The Study Committee gathered information about the region’s natural resources, infrastructure, land use, water and food-handling regulations; workforce; education and technical support; marketing; and financing options.

Resource speakers outlined challenges and opportunities for creating value-added businesses and for attracting them to the region. First-hand experiences and suggestions were related by a group of entrepreneurs already operating value-added businesses.

Following the luncheon, the full report will be available in print and through Community Council’s website, A task force will also be formed to advocate for implementation of the recommendations.

Community Council, a nonprofit organization focused on the region between Burbank and Dayton and from the Snake River to Milton-Freewater, brings citizens together for research on topics of regional interest, for discussion and unbiased analysis of that information, to formulate consensus-based recommendations to benefit their community, and to take action on those recommendations.

For more information, contact Executive Director Julie Reese, 509-540-6720.

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