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Join SnoValleyUnited effort to promote local businesses

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SnoValley Star
Forty-nine businesses, organizations and communities from across the Snoqualmie River Valley are coming together to support SnoValleyUnited — a grassroots, bipartisan effort to develop a common vision and brand for the region.

 

Forty-nine businesses, organizations and communities from across the Snoqualmie River Valley are coming together to support SnoValleyUnited — a grassroots, bipartisan effort to develop a common vision and brand for the region.

“We are a medley of cultures, ethnicities, incomes, politics and religions,” Cindy Krepky, owner of Dog Mountain Farm in Carnation, said in a news release. “But we have one thing in common: community. This is a valley of people that care. I want people to come, taste, smell, shop, engage and enjoy this special place.

“I also want to preserve the essence of the Valley. That’s why I believe the SnoValleyUnited effort is so critical.”

“Uniting together and highlighting the Valley will enhance its economic viability, encourage more visitors and residents to support local businesses and farms, and ultimately strengthen our economy,” King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, who supports the plan, said in the release. “Developing a shared vision for the region will also help bring both urban and unincorporated communities together.”

“Imagine 20 years from now,” Duvall City Councilman Jason Walker said in the release. “The Snoqualmie River Valley is a renowned destination for its economically thriving rural cities, local food production, agritourism, ecotourism and outdoor recreation.”

That is the spirit driving the SnoValleyUnited effort. It is modeled after Oregon’s successful Rural Tourism Studio, which has been adopted by eight regions across the state. Each region developed a shared vision and expanded niche tourism markets such as outdoor recreation, culinary and agritourism, cultural heritage, bicycling and birding. This created a wider variety of options for visitors and residents, and increased revenue for local businesses.

“The Snoqualmie River Valley is an epic landscape with amazing scenery, fantastic recreation and exhilarating adventures,” Luke Talbott, owner of Compass Outdoor Adventures in Snoqualmie, said in the release. “With a common vision united by business owners, state and local land-use agencies, and recreational outfitters, we can help to create a unique experience for locals and travelers alike.”

Local businesses, farms, heritage, arts and community groups can show their support for this effort by endorsing SnoValleyUnited’s proclamation. To do that, email your logo to jennifer.mckeown@mtsgreenway.org.

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