“Creating a Cuisine Culture” How the wine industry ignited Walla Walla’s economy. Can NW Washington’s surging microbreweries spark attractive jobs here, too?


April 26, 2017

Our two speakers explore the job-producing energy that draws creative entrepreneurs to our northwest corner, where an emerging “cuisine culture” whets the appetites of locavores and foodies alike.

Dr. Steve Van Ausdale retired last year as President of Walla Walla Community College.  Dr. Van Ausdale spearheaded the cooperation among many elements of the Walla Walla region to secure water quality, invigorate the wine growing industry and market the college’s programs to secure Walla Walla Community College’s future and their designation as one of the two best community colleges in the nation in 2016.   Dr. Van Ausdale holds degrees in Agricultural Economics from W.S.U. and a doctorate from Ohio State University.  He serves as vice-chair of the Washington Economic Development Commission and is a member of the National Economic Competiveness Council.

Dr. Kenneth Lawson, Vice President for Instruction at Skagit Valley College since 2013, provides leadership and strategic vision for the college’s diverse programs. Dr. Lawson will highlight the exciting new micro brewing program centered in Skagit and Whatcom counties. Dr. Lawson earned a degree in International Relations at the University of Utah and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Washington.

 VanAusdale Powerpoint