Newberg, Oregon: a great place to grow...

...and to learn, invent & innovate in our 21st Century digital economy

What is Innovate Newberg?

The Innovate Newberg initiative brings our schools, 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 we’re doing:

  • In partnership with parents, businesses and our community, the Newberg School District’s vision is for all students to graduate with the 5C experience needed to be successful, contributing citizens in our 21st Century’s digital economy. The 5Cs are: Critical thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, and Citizenship. These are the skills that businesses need.
  • An integrative component that connects the 5C mission with businesses and community is Newberg High School’s Integrated Design Studio, a multi-disciplinary, project-based maker-space for experiential learning. Every year, student-led teams will design and build a significant piece of architecture and function in Newberg that addresses a current need.
  • Businesses like A.R.E. Manufacturing are investing in job-shop programs in the schools that provide real-world training and experience to students while paying the bills. Tiger Manufacturing is an onsite facility at the high school with advanced manufacturing equipment and staff from A.R.E. Products made at Tiger Manufacturing go to A.R.E. customers and the proceeds  sustain its operation.


Connecting people to possibilities.


Newberg is the Gateway to Wine Country. Viticulture and high-value agriculture are at the heart of our economy. And new technologies are shaping these sectors as never before, allowing us to be smarter, faster in order to reduce costs and improve yields. Ag-Tech is the just as important to our world as Smart Cities, maybe more. We need to prepare our future farmers to be at the forefront of these advances.


Newberg’s advanced manufacturing sector employs more people than any other sector – the highest per capita in the state in fact. But new production technologies and the need for mechatronics to maintain them, are permeating many industries, from manufacturing to car repair. Newberg, Chehalem Valley and Oregon need a talented workforce to keep up with power curve of technological innovation.


In our technology-driven, digitally-based economy, the creative sector is emerging as a critical component for long-term economic growth. Think about the impact of TED Talks… The creative sector brings together designers, critical thinkers, software developers, scientists and engineers, builders and makers, to solve problems for communities, economies and how we live. More than ever, we need the talent to innovate and invent.

Who we are…

Local businesses make big changes

Local businesses make big changes

Offering expertise and mentorship to help solve our complex problems.

Young minds bring tomorrow's solutions

Young minds bring tomorrow's solutions

Learning to see ourselves as creative innovators, beyond the limits of the classroom.

Educators rising to the challenge

Educators rising to the challenge

Providing the tools for students to unlock their potential as creative problem solvers and innovators.

Our community serving itself & others

Our community serving itself & others

Supporting each other, developing ideas, and enacting change.

Our Stories & Experiences

IDS Tiny House Update 4

This week in IDS we have been putting walls on the floor and clamping them down. We were split in multiple groups working on separate walls so we could get more done with little time. The walls are made out of two by fours nailed together. Once they are nailed...

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IDS Tiny House Update 3

These past few days we have been working on finishing the floor of the tiny house. The spaces between the floor joists have OSB planks to fit in between them and are nailed in place. We are now working on doing the insulation and we have chosen to use two different...

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IDS Tiny House Update 2

This is a big week for building the tiny home because the students are beginning to build the base of the tiny home. We have a group of students cutting plywood on the table saw to put into the floor joists. The floor joists are the main base to the tiny home...

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Newberg High School’s Post Secondary Success Fair!

The Newberg High School Post Secondary Success Fair is a student-led job fair for NHS students of all grades to help them determine what career pathways are available as well as learn about strategies for personal financial success. Organized by Hadley Massey and...

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IDS Tiny House Update One

This week, the IDS class has been cutting wood to assemble the floor plan of the tiny house. We were separated into groups of three or four members each. Every group was working on different things in the process. One group was cutting two by eight inch boards,...

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IDS begins work on second tiny home

The 2019 Integrated Design Studio (IDS) class at Newberg High School began construction this week on their tiny home.  They will also be wrapping up construction on our first tiny home—started last spring and completed to about 90%.  We are building these homes to...

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Student-Led Programs

It’s incredible what students can accomplish when they are allowed to lead and are supported by their schools and communities. These student-led programs will amaze you. Take the time to check out their websites.

Innovate Oregon Initiatives

Working together to create tomorrow



Educators, students, businesses, government and community leaders



We are working together to create an inclusive innovation-based economy



We are committed to creating new opportunities for our communities


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Local changes can have global impacts

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