Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici Visits Ingenuity Innovation Center

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici Visits Ingenuity Innovation Center

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici tours Ingenuity Innovation Center in March 10, 2015.

On Tuesday, March 10, 2015, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici and Kristin Rasmussen, District Representative, visited Ingenuity Innovation Center. The Congresswoman recently attended an economic development meeting in Columbia County where she had the opportunity to learn about the center and expressed an interest in coming.

“After meeting her at the event, we were excited to bring her out for a tour,” stated Kate Wildrick, “We have been following her work in the area of small business and sustainability and we were curious to she what she would think about the unique approach that we are taking with Ingenuity Innovation Center.”

Prior to the visit, the following press release was announced:

Rep. Bonamici to Visit the Ingenuity Innovation Center, Discuss Economic Development & Sustainable Solutions

St. Helens, OR – On Tuesday, March 10 at 2:45 p.m., Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01) will visit the Ingenuity Innovation Center in St. Helens to discuss how the facility works as an incubator for local inventors, artists, and entrepreneurs.

The goal of the Innovation Center is to provide the opportunity and resources for the development of inventive ideas that help solve pressing problems. The facility is especially interested in developing sustainable solutions and is home to the largest public aquaponics center in the Pacific Northwest. Aquaponics combines vegetable and fish growth to create an efficient, sustainable ecosystem to produce food.

“The Ingenuity Innovation Center serves as a fascinating example of the kind of entrepreneurship that has emerged in the wake of the recession. As Americans work to develop new skills or break into new industries, others have instead decided to start their own business and the Innovation Center helps make that possible,” Congresswoman Bonamici said. “I look forward to learning more about the unique projects being developed at this facility, including those focusing on sustainability.”

The hour long tour included the St. Helens, Chronicle and the Ingenuity Team.

“Congresswoman Bonamici and Kristin really seemed to be excited about the possibility of aquaponics,” stated Aaron Imhof.  “Both were really impressed by how the system worked and how much potential it has in regards to healthy and organic food naturally.”

In addition aquaponics, the Ingenuers also showcased other sustainable projects and solutions that involved alternative energy and health and well being.  At the end of the visit, Congresswoman Bonamici shared some of the initiatives that she is currently working on and explored how they may help further the vision of the center and Columbia County.  It was agreed that further meetings would need to be scheduled to continue on discussions.

Congresswoman Bonamici has tentatively agreed to speak at the ribbon cutting and fundraising dinner event for the launch of the Community Supported Aquaponic Training Center that will be taking place on Saturday, July 18th.