Tag Archives: Economic Development

A rural city’s aggressive push for more housing

In rural Oregon, a lack of new and good quality housing hampers economic development in communities that are desperate for investment. High construction costs and low property values often discourage contractors from building in these areas. Source: Oregon Business – A rural city’s aggressive push for more housing

Oregon Business – Desert prospector

  Nick Green envisions a sustainable, high desert city. On the western approach to the rural city of John Day, the stunning yellow and red hued high desert landscape of eastern Oregon gives way to a scene of economic blight. The hull of a disused timber mill flanks the left side of the highway. A […]
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Port director hopes for citywide enterprise zone

Jim Knight, the executive director of the Port of Astoria, is hoping the Astoria City Council will designate the entire waterfront an enterprise zone. Enterprise zones provide a state property tax break for three to five years for manufacturers, processors, shippers, call centers and headquarters. Hotel and resort businesses are also eligible in some enterprise […]
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Portland is No. 1 option for Major League Baseball expansion, says MLB writer

Portland is the “most organized” city and will be the first option for Major League Baseball expansion when the league looks to add another franchise to the league, according to a baseball official who spoke to Jayson Stark of The Athletic. Source: Portland is No. 1 option for Major League Baseball expansion, says MLB writer | OregonLive.com

Our view | The hill Pendleton is willing to thrive and die on

The industrial land that surrounds the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport has been at the forefront of Pendleton’s economic plans for decades. It took many years to convince city councilors and taxpayers to invest millions to upgrade road access to the site in 2009 and purchase nearby property soon after. City officials had somewhere between a […]
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Pendleton officials hope drones can dig airport out of debt

Investment at new park hoped to spur development at old one. On the heels of a long-term, plan-altering work session, top Pendleton city officials discussed their vision for the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport industrial area. And their view is that millions of dollars in new investment are needed at the indebted airport and its planned […]
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Spud dehydration plant sprouts in Malin

A multi-million dollar potato dehydration plant in the works since 2017 is cropping up in Malin, undeterred by the drought. The $2 million to $2.5 million facility, owned by Cascade Potato, is set to open between mid to late June, depending on operational factors, according to owner Daniel Wiegand. With its opening, the company will […]
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REV Center a ‘talent pipeline for future vitality”

At the regular Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, members were updated on the Rural Engagement and Vitality Center. The Center was described as a “talent pipeline for future vitality” by Tim Seydel, vice president for university advancement. The REV Center will work as a hub that coordinates existing and new programs to link Eastern […]
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Editorial: Joint effort for economy is promising

About a decade ago, if we remember this correctly, we attended a mid-valley economic gathering with elected officials and business leaders from throughout the region. The discussion on that sunny afternoon revolved around the notion of thinking about the mid-valley’s economy in regional terms, and not just as countywide entities. At one point in the […]
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Are vegans the new cannabis?

A niche market barrels into the mainstream. “In 30 years or so, I believe we will be shocked [that] we killed animals en masse for food.” Richard Branson of Virgin Airlines and space exploration fame wrote that statement last year in reference to his new company,  Memphis Meats, a startup that is developing lab-grown meat […]
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