County Court to Consider Energy Zone

VALE — The Malheur County Court is expected to consider a resolution requesting designation of a rural renewable energy development zone at its next meeting. The proposal is seen as an opportunity to improve the local economic base and business climate. “We think this is going to be an additional tool we’ll be able to use to attract businesses to Malheur County,” said Greg Smith, executive director of the Malheur County Development Office. A rural renewable energy development zone functions like an enterprise zone for project development related to wind power, geothermal, solar or other cases where a renewable energy resource is used to generate electricity or produce a biofuel, Smith said i

Malheur County Economic Development Joins Team Oregon Food Processing

VALE, Ore. - Malheur County Economic Development has been named the newest member of Business Oregon's "TEAM Oregon Food Processing." TEAM Oregon provides members with data and valuable resources designed to help recruit, retain and expand multi-million-dollar food processing industries. In addition, the team and its members target five trade shows including: the Northwest Food Processors Expo, the Winter Fancy Food Show, the Natural Products Show, the Expo West Reception and the Summer Fancy Food Show. "We are excited to have Malheur County Economic Development as a member of TEAM Oregon," said Jill Miles, Oregon Business Recruitment Officer. "Malheur County represents a strong food process