Economic Development

 

 

Access Market Data

Hermiston is an excellent location to invest in.  You will see that from the numbers. Many economic development websites tend to over-inflate the area’s importance through flowery language in hopes of attracting new business development.  The City of Hermiston doesn’t hide behind odd interpretations of vague information, because we don’t just want your business in Hermiston, we want your business to EXCELL in Hermiston.  On this site, you’ll find real numbers and have access to the raw data.

 

To see an independent Retail Market Analysis conducted by Pitney Bowes Business Insight in 2011, click HERE.

 

Local Market Data

Regional Market Data

Supportable Retail Square Footage

2012 Average Daily Traffic Counts

 


Starting A Business:

Umatilla Electric Revolving Loan Fund:
www.umatillaelectric.com/programs/economic-development/revolving-loan-fund/

Oregon Small Business Development Center (SBDC):

www.bizcenter.org/small-business-resources/small-business-resources

Oregon SBDC - Pendleton Resources Tab:

www.bizcenter.org/small-business-development-centers/pendleton

 


Available & Skilled Workforce:

There are more that 117,000 people actively in the workforce who live within Hermiston’s 30 mile labor shed, and 46% of these workers have at least some college or an Associate’s degree. Blue Mountain Community College and Eastern Oregon University also offer full programs in Hermiston. 

To learn more about Hermiston workforce:

www.hermiston.or.us

www.hermistonchamber.com

Business Oregon: 

www.oregon4biz.com

Business Oregon:

www.oregonprospector.com

Eastern Oregon Trade & Event Center:

www.eotechermiston.com

Worksource Quality Info:

www.qualityinfo.org

 


Transportation:

www.hermiston.or.us/business/transportation

www.tidewater.com

www.odot.state.or.us/home

www.up.com

 


Building Codes Permits & Permits

City of Hermiston Departments: 

www.hermiston.or.us/departments

City of Hermiston Building Permits: 

www.hermiston.or.us/building/home

City of Hermiston Planning Department:

www.hermiston.or.us/planning/home

City of Hermiston Frequently Asked Questions:

www.hermiston.or.us/frequently-asked-questions

 


Land Use/Zoning Laws:

Umatilla County Property Taxes: 

www.propertytax101.org/oregon/umatillacounty

Umatilla County Planning/Zoning Department: 

www.co.umatilla.or.us/planning/index.htm

Oregon Dept of Land Conservation & Development: 

www.oregon.gov/LCD/Pages/index.aspx

 


Land:

Umatilla County:

www.co.umatilla.or.us/

Umatilla County Economic Development – Huelett Johnson

hjohnson@co.umatilla.or.us

Port of Umatilla:

www.portofumatilla.com

 


Taxes:

Umatilla County Tax Rates

www.co.umatilla.or.us/at/index.html

Enterprise Zone Tax-Abatement

Industrial and manufacturing businesses which locate or expand their current employment in Hermiston may be eligible for 3-5 years of exemption from property taxes on new construction or equipment.  To learn more about the Hermiston Enterprise Zone visit us at www.hermiston.or.us/business/incentives

 

Telecommunications, Fiber Optics & Internet:

Eastern Oregon Telecom-Business Class Voice up to 2 GB: 

www.eotnet.com

Charter Business:  

www.charterbusiness.com


Very Affordable Power

Hermiston is served by Hermiston Energy Services, a municipal electric utility and Umatilla Electric Co-Op.  Together these two power providers supply industry in Hermiston with some of the lowest electric rates in Oregon. 

Current rates can be found at:

Umatilla Electric Cooperative:                  

www.umatillaelectric.com/

Hermiston Energy Services: 

www.hermiston.or.us/energy-services

Cascade Natural Gas

www.cngc.com

 


Low Water & Sewer Rates:

Hermiston has the lowest Water & Sewer Rates for large scale water users of any comparable eastern-Oregon city.  An analysis done in 2013 showed that across the board commercial water and sewer rate payers in Hermiston pay less than they would in Pendleton, The Dalles, LaGrande, Baker City or in Ontario. 

Check out the analysis at:

www.hermiston.or.us/commercial-utility-comparison

 


Health Care:

Good Shepherd Health Care Center

www.gshealth.org

Good Shepherd Community  Health Foundation

www.gshealth.org/foundation

 


Projects of Current Success:

Kennison Field

www.facebook.com/KennisonFieldFundraisingCommittee

DuPont Pioneer

www.pioneer.com

ConAgra Foods

www.conagrafoods.com

Eastern Oregon Trade & Event Center (EOTEC)

www.hermiston.or.us/eotec

 


Schools:

Hermiston School District: 

www.hermiston.k12.or.us

Hermiston Christian School

www.hcc4u.org/christianschool

Hermiston Junior Academy—Seventh Day Adventist

www.hjra.org

Blue Mountain Community College:

www.bluecc.edu

Eastern Oregon University:

www.eou.edu/


Recreation:

Hermiston Parks & Recreation

www.hermiston.or.us/parks-recreation/home

 


Emergency & Fire Department:

Hermiston Fire Department

www.hermistonfire.com

Hermiston Police Department

www.hermiston.or.us/police/home

 


Multi-Cultrual Support:

Hispanic Advisory Committee

www.hermiston.or.us/hispanic-advisory-committee

Latino Business Network

http://business.hermistonchamber.com/events/details/latino-business-network-meeting-02-12-2014-9371

 


Contacts:

If you’re looking for any information about development possibilities in the Hermiston area, the City of Hermiston and the Greater Hermiston Chamber of Commerce are here to help.

 

Mark Morgan, Assistant City Manager

541-567-5521

www.hermiston.or.us

 

Debbie Pedro, President/CEO

Hermiston Chamber of Commerce

541-567-6151

www.hermistonchamber.com

 

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