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Southwest Washington Agricultural Business & Innovation Park

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September 7, 2023


If you've driven past the ranch on your way to Tenino and wondered what's being built near town, here's the scoop!

The framing for the first building in the Southwest Washington Agricultural Business & Innovation Park is up, and we can see progress nearly every day. 

The park will focus on value-added, agricultural and food-related businesses, serving the producers and residents in our region. In addition, a business hub will provide agriculture-related and small business resources. 

We're excited to see growing support for agriculture businesses in Southwest Washington, and to be part of this effort to create stronger local food systems. As an agritourism destination, we hope that by connecting more people in the community with producers, we can bring more awareness and support for those who work every day to take care of our environment and provide local food for families.

Stay tuned for more updates as construction continues in the coming months.

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