Tuesday, January 19, 2016

 Saint Alphonsus recently celebrated the opening of their new Ontario Health Plaza. The plaza will deliver convenient care close to home, allowing patients with routine or chronic needs access to advanced technologies, all in one family-friendly and convenient location.


The design of the $4.5 million Health Plaza is intended to create a soothing, nurturing and healing environment, focused on the needs of patients. Elements such as natural daylight, wood, water, and earth tones are proven to provide a warm, soothing feeling intended to reduce stress and anxiety, uplift...

Thursday, January 14, 2016

MALHEUR COUNTY, Ore. – Treasure Valley Tech, part of the Malheur Poverty to Prosperity initiative, has been awarded $488,432.00 to help fund local CTE programs. Funds were awarded through the competitive Oregon CTE Revitalization Grant. 


The CTE Revitalization Grant is part of the Oregon Legislature’s investment in CTE programs during the 2015 Legislative Session. Investments included a dedication of $20 million to CTE funding in the Department of Education’s budget (HB 5016). Also, the Legislature passed HB 3072 which creates pilot programs to grow CTE instructors and...

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Preliminary estimates show a slight decrease in the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for all six counties in Eastern Oregon from October to November. Decreases ranged from 0.1 percentage point in Wallowa County to 0.5 percentage point in Baker and Malheur counties.


Employment in Malheur County increases by 340 jobs over the year. The private sector accounted for more than 90% of the job growth adding 320 jobs to tap non-farm employment. Wholesale trade added 110 jobs and manufacturing added 90 jobs since November 2014, with leisure and hospitality adding 60 jobs a...

Unemployment tax rates for most Oregon employers will decline January 1, 2016. Employers that pay into the system will move from Schedule 5 to Schedule 4, saving the average Oregon employer about $69 per employee annually. 

Tax Schedule 4 includes an average rate of 2.26% for the first $36,900 paid to each employee. The specific rate each employer will pay under the new schedule depends on how much they have used the unemployment insurance system.  The Oregon Employment Department is mailing notifications to businesses today regarding their individual tax rates.


Saturday, October 24, 2015

MALHEUR COUNTY, Ore. – The Malheur County Court has approved Malheur County’s attendance to a list of trade shows during 2016. The list includes seven local and regional trade shows with a focus on manufacturing and value-added agriculture.


With the court’s approval, Malheur County Economic Development will begin preparing to attend the Fancy Foods Show, Natural Products Expo West, Northwest Food Processors Expo, Pacific Northwest Sportsman Show, Shot Show, Western Idaho Ag Expo, and Western Treasure Valley Ag Show.


“We cannot just rely on business and industry to com...

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

VALE, Ore. - The Malheur/Harney County Juntura Cutoff Road Project has received approval for $2 million of funding in response to their proposed Oregon Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) application. 


Malheur County, in partnership with Harney County, Business Oregon, ODOT, Regional Solutions, BLM, and EP Minerials compiled and submitted an Oregon FLAP application as part of a funding package to replace the deteriorating Juntura Cutoff Road. The total funding package to replace the seven-mile long road is anticipated to total between $6 million and $6.5 million. The $...

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

ONTARIO, Ore. - ONTARIO — The long-vacant Select Onion site has a new owner. Ohio-based Fry Foods finalized the purchase Jan. 1. The deal was two years in the making, David Fry, the company’s vice president, said in a phone interview today. Fry would not reveal how much his company paid for the property, but did say that once the plant is fully operational, it could mean as many as 350 new jobs.


The property, located north of Ontario along Stanton Boulevard, near Interstate 84, has been vacant except for storage since Select Onion filed for bankruptcy in 2012. When tha...

Thursday, November 27, 2014

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, geotherm...

Friday, November 7, 2014

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 m...

Thursday, September 25, 2014

ONTARIO, Ore. - This month the Ontario City Council voted to incentivize local economic development and business recruitment by suspending all System Development Charges (SDCs).


"The suspension of these fees will save business and industry thousands of dollars," said Greg Smith, Director of Malheur County Economic Development. "Coupled with our robust business incentive programs, an extensive inventory of industrial land and a transportation system with access to west coast markets - Ontario and Malheur County give companies an effective edge in the modern competitive...

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