MALHEUR COUNTY, Ore. - Malheur County Economic Development recently brought together leadership from Malheur County, Saint Alphonsus, Department of Corrections, and Representative Cliff Bentz to investigate ways to keep dollars local and to better support existing businesses in the county. As some of the county's largest employers, there is a real opportunity to sustain the local economy and maximize the amount of local dollars, including tax dollars, that stay in Oregon. A big than kyou to the Department of Corrections Director Colette Peters, who traveled all the way to Ontario to participate personally. The meeting was successful with initial steps identified and plans of action discussed.

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 spirits and promote a more relaxed environment.

Saint Alphonsus, one of Malheur County's largest employers, continues to invest in the county and provide family-wage-jobs.

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 test various methods to elevate CTE courses to the same level as other high school curricula.

“This is exciting news for administrators, educators, students, parents, and employers in Malheur County,” said Greg Smith, Director of Malheur County Economic Development. “Stronger CTE programs in our schools provide options for our students and a more developed workforce for local business and industry. It is a win-win for our communities.”

The Malheur County Poverty to Prosperity CTE Program directly addresses two of the most important issues facing Malheur County, poverty and workforce development. By improving outcomes for disconnected youth, business and communities have the potential to increase savings for society, improve the quality of talent available to employers, and interrupt a multigenerational cycle of poverty for youth and their families. Students will be graduating from all programs with a high school diploma, Industry Recognized Certificate, college credits and transferable job skills to employment. This project creates several identified tracks of technical education, giving a student the opportunity to end their cycle of poverty. The overarching goal is to create future jobs by eliminating destructive social and economic trends facing Malheur County youth, particularly those, who through Oregon’s equity lens, are considered at-risk or under-represented.