Open Campus - A Partner for Rural Innovation in Tillamook County

January 6th, 2017
Written by Hayden Bush

The Third Street corridor of Tillamook has a different landscape, thanks to an exciting partnership of community groups.  The Partners for Rural Innovation Center is a multi-use facility that will house OSU Open Campus, OSU Extension, Tillamook Bay Community College’s Agriculture and Natural Resources degree program, the Small Business Development Center, Tillamook County Economic Development Center and the Visit Tillamook Coast tourism team.

Located on Third Street, across from the Tillamook County Fairgrounds, this beautiful building will serve as a central learning center for Tillamook County residents from 4-H youth, community college students, small business owners to senior citizens and a hub for business and economic development, impacting thousands of individuals of all ages and levels of education as well as businesses and entrepreneurs through services, learning and training opportunities that will be offered at the new facility.


The Partners for Rural Innovation Center will help small businesses in Tillamook County thrive by fostering a more deliberate team effort between the Small Business Development Center, OSU Open Campus, and OSU Extension. Businesses owners who are seeking technical advice and assistance with growth opportunities, and help with agronomic and production practices will be able to and answers and support in one spot.


Central to serving citizens will be a large classroom space for students in 4-H youth programs, community education, and post-secondary learning. Additionally, the space will serve as a community convening space for after-hours activities. The facility will boast a computer lab designed to assist students completing distance education though OSU.  The Open Campus education coordinator will be housed in this facility, where they can mentor citizens striving to further their education.  In addition, the Juntos program will be based out of this new space, offering new and unique opportunities to serve our county’s Latino population.


OSU Open Campus in Tillamook County is excited to be a Partner for Rural Innovation.  This new opportunity will prove invaluable to Tillamook County.  The facility will open in early 2017.