Unleashing the Creative Genius of our Community...

Opening New Doors of Learning and Possibility

img_7292Innovate Willamina is a collaboration between local teachers, students and community members, and businesses to create a new model of hands on education that fosters forward thinkers who are aware and involved in the world.

By making high speed fiber internet available, we can make a difference in our community, and give our students greater opportunities for growth. By partnering with OnlineNW and SparkFun, we have already been given a taste of what this could look like.

Due to a tremendous community effort, we have recently been selected by OnlineNW and Innovate Oregon for the building of a new high-speed fiber internet network, which will make us the second 10 Gig city on the West Coast. This infrastructure, combined with new learning opportunities for our students and community, will potentially generate tremendous new opportunities for economic prosperity in Willamina.


The Innovate Willamina initiative brings our school, community and businesses together to learn the skills and mindsets of innovation that are needed to drive economic growth in our region.  Here are some things people are saying:

Dennis Ulrich

Dennis Ulrich

Business Owner

“Being a business owner, this is an exciting time. High speed internet is a tool that can be used to bring new businesses into Willamina. I intend to initiate projects that will use a collaboration between schools, businesses, community and the Innovate program.”

Dave Buswell

Dave Buswell

Community Member

“Our town has a lot of potential. As a multi-generational community member, parent and grandparent, I want to help make Willamina a place of opportunity for our kids and a destination for businesses and residents.”

Carrie Zimbrick

Carrie Zimbrick

Superintendent, Willamina Schools

“There is a lot of potential for our kids here in Willamina. We want to make our community a place of learning that empowers them to be the makers, creators and problem solvers of our future.”

Eleanore Stritzke

Eleanore Stritzke


“As a ten year old girl I think the Innovate Willamina program will open up lots more opportunities for me and many others. The make-a-thon was the beginning of that and I had a blast doing it. I hope it can grow and do what it set out to do, and I know I will be there to help it do so.”


Willamina Fiber Network Update

OnlineNW’s new fiber Internet network is coming soon to Willamina! This network is a key piece of the Innovate Willamina initiative, which is a collaboration between local teachers, students, community members, and businesses to create a new model for education...

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Signs Over Willamina

The Innovate Willamina signs are up and they look great! One is located coming in from HWY 22, and the other in the middle of downtown by the Garden Spot Park. Two more signs will soon be added to the mix, one at the West Valley Community Campus and the other at the...

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Willamina to be Next 10 Gigabit City

Willamina city council members, educators, and community members gathered at a Town Hall meeting Tuesday night to witness the announcement of Willamina as the next 10 gigabit city in Oregon, the second city on the West Coast and 4th in the nation. Volunteers have...

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West Valley Make-A-Thon a Success

Students, teachers, and community members gathered in the Willamina High School Cafeteria for the Innovate Willamina Make-a-thon. Their goal? To creatively solve problems with technology. Most of them had never done any sort of coding before, but equipped with laptops, circuit boards, and each other, they stepped up to the challenge.

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Innovate Willamina is partnering with OnlineNW to offer incredible opportunities to learn and solve problems! OnlineNW will begin constructing high-bandwidth fiber optic cable throughout Willamina starting in January, making Willamina the fourth 10 gigabit city in the entire nation. A percentage from each subscriber’s bill for this service will be sent back to Innovate Willamina for use in public education and innovative projects for both students and adults.

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