VALE- Ore.- A few minutes west of Vale, Bryant’s Nursery, a new plant nursery in Malheur County, is set to open for business. Bob and Donna Patterson are excited to welcome their first customers on May 15th, where they will offer a nice selection of quality bedding plants, hanging baskets, vegetable starts, and potted plants.

“I have always loved plants and gardening and have dreamed of owning and running a nursery of my own,” said Donna. She was raised in a nursery family, with the name Bryant’s Nursery dating back to the 1930’s, when Donna’s grandparents opened their nursery in Santa Cruz, California. This early rendition of Bryant’s Nursery grew to carry over one million plants. The Patterson family has retained one of the greenhouses that her grandparents used for cutting and seeding, which now stands at their property in Vale, and is a cherished keepsake of their family’s history.

Malheur County Economic Development provided free, confidential business advising with Donna over the past several months. "Greg and the Malheur County Economic Development team provided tremendous support. From guidance on how to get my business properly registered, to helping with my online presence, their assistance was invaluable. The website produced by their office exceeded my expectations, and they also walked me through how to setup my Google business page. I can’t thank them enough for the services provided,” said Donna.

"Donna undoubtedly has the drive and expertise to run a successful nursery, and we were glad to provide business advising and technical support to help her pursue her passion,” said Greg Smith, Director of Malheur County Economic Development.

The business is located at 2700 Loop Road in Vale, Oregon. Feel free to check out their website, created by Malheur County Economic Development, to learn more about Donna and Bryant’s Nursery at

Nyssa, Ore -Today the OTC voted unanimously to approve the Treasure Valley Reload Center’s advancement into the construction phase. Members of the Malheur County Development Corporation, county officials, and the Malheur County Economic Development Director expressed their reactions to the commission’s vote.

"ODOT's decision today to approve and release funding for the reload center's construction is the result of hard work and perseverance by many within Malheur County. It's an exciting new chapter for agriculture producers and the citizens," said Grant Kitamura, MCDC Chair.

Judge Joyce expressed, "There's important work to be done after meeting the milestones of the planning phase. We are eager and determined to have the facility open and ready for the 2022 harvest. Congratulations to all involved!"

"This has been a highly anticipated decision with huge kudos going to the whole team which has brought the project this far. As I said before, it's time to dig some dirt!" said Greg Smith.

“The Treasure Valley Reload Center's ability to move forward to the construction phase is a testament to the teamwork of a great many people. At this time, I am pleased to support the project which will have such a positive effect on our local economy," said Commissioner Ron Jacobs.

Larry Wilson, former Malheur County Commissioner said, "I echo the comments of Grant Kitamura. This is a big day for Malheur County, our farming community, and our economy. The construction phase will provide new jobs which is so important."

Kay Riley said, "The TVRC is such an important project and to have our efforts validated by the Oregon Transportation Commission is very rewarding."

An advertisement for bids regarding the first contract will be released in early to mid-February, 2021, for the initial construction phase of the Treasure Valley Reload Center Project. This first phase will consist of all earthwork and drainage related improvements for the project, specifically preparation of roadway, building site, railway and wetland areas to subgrade in preparation of additional site work to bid later in 2021.This initial earthwork phase will consist of approximately 290,000 cubic yards of earthwork, 17,000 tons of rip rap, 68,000 tons of railroad sub ballast, and several small and large culverts. Later phases of the work will include installation of all rail ballast and rail lines, water, sewer, and other utilities, roadway construction, and an approximate 60,000 square foot reload center structure and dock.



Greg Smith, Economic Development Director and Officer to the Board


(Nyssa, OR) -Malheur County Development Corporation and other sponsors of the Treasure Valley

Reload Center received two excellent reports which have been released to the public from the Oregon

Department of Transportation and The Tioga Group commending the work accomplished and

recommending advancement.

Grant Kitamura, Chairman of the Board said, “This is an investment in the long term future of the

agriculture community and will help us be competitive in the global community.”

Greg Smith, Economic Development Director for Malheur County and Officer to the MCDC board said,

“So much credit goes to our partners who have worked tirelessly to this point. Now is the time to break

some dirt!”

“Malheur County is making a significant investment it its future. A tremendous amount of work has gone

into the project and it is rewarding to know ODOT and The Tioga Group recognize the need as well,” said

Judge Joyce.

Judge Joyce added, “As we move into construction, it is imperative that we continue to have multiple

professionals oversee this project.”

Finally, former Malheur County Commissioner Larry Wilson said, “These reports indicate what many of

us already knew. Demand for an intermodal facility is needed now more than ever.”



Greg Smith, MCDC

Officer to the Board


Tioga Assessment
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ODOT Assessment
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