Wildwood Ribbon Cutting
October 12, 2011
Oregon is a small business state, and I believe that it is the 85,000+ businesses in Oregon with less that 500 employees each that will lead our state’s recovery and put Oregonians back to work.
While it’s the private sector that creates jobs, the state and local governments have an important role to play, and this project is a great example of these two principles.
Thanks to an innovative loan program created for small companies by the City of Salem with unused Urban Renewal Funds, two young Salem companies – Organic Fresh Fingers and Wandering Aengus Ciderworks – were able to use the 14,000 square feet of space provided by Wildwood, Inc.
Together, these businesses created a state-of-the-art, energy efficient food-processing facility that is aiming for LEED certification.
Imaginative re-use. Green design. Oregon-made equipment. Fresh local food. Private-public partnership. This is the future of Oregon.
Food processing is a major employer in Oregon, especially in the mid-valley, and this building is a great example of how we, as Oregonians, can come together to promote economic development, create skilled jobs for Oregonians, and highlight our state’s natural advantages.