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

d.T (Design Thinking) Electives in Middle School

All 6th graders at both Chehalem Valley and Mountain View Middle Schools learn and apply design thinking in 3 nine-week cycles, within three contexts: Art, STEM, and Digital Innovation. The year will culminate in teams of students self-selecting and executing real...

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NHS Graphics Design Challenge Renovates ChehalemVIA

Last October, we challenged  Newberg High School Graphics Design students to develop creative ideas for art and signage for the accelerator (see this post for more info). The winning design, by NHS senior Geoffrey Carstensen. has been fully implemented per his design....

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Newberg High School Jobs Bus Healthcare Tour

On November 14, 2017, at 9:00am, 23 Newberg High School students with interest in pursuing healthcare careers hopped on the Jobs Bus for a visit to George Fox University and for Friendsview Retirement Community. The first stop was at GFU's Physical Therapy Center to...

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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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