Grants Announced for Community Development Projects in Rural Oregon

  Federally-funded Community Development Block Grants support community enhancement and safety projects in non-metro cities and counties.   Business Oregon—the state of Oregon’s economic development agency—announced the third quarter’s allocation of Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to cities and counties for community enhancements across the state. Ten cities and two counties will receive awards totaling…

Energy Trust of Oregon Approves New Tools to Make Solar More Affordable

  Solar prices have dropped dramatically in recent years, and now Energy Trust of Oregon is helping to lower them further.   In the past, Energy Trust required that the solar resource be measured at the installation site— usually a rooftop. Energy Trust now allows contractors to use approved remote shading analysis tools. The first…

Let Oregon’s Weather Compass Take You Away to Play

  Travel Oregon recognizes that our region’s legendary rain may be its most famous winter weather pattern, but it’s hardly our only one. Remarkably, sunnier (or snowier) skies are rarely more than a couple hours away. Travel Oregon’s new Oregon Weather Compass is the first-ever mobile site designed to point local and visiting explorers to…

Oregon Represented on National Advisory Committee on Travel and Tourism Infrastructure

  The United States Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx, appointed Travel Oregon CEO, Todd Davidson to serve on the National Advisory Committee on Travel and Tourism Infrastructure (NACTTI).   “I am honored to be appointed to the National Advisory Committee on Travel and Tourism Infrastructure,” said Todd Davidson, CEO of the Oregon Tourism Commission, dba…

Oregon Unemployment Rate Dropped to 4.6 Percent in December

  Oregon’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.6 percent in December, from 5.0 percent in November. The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in December, down from 5.3 percent in December 2015.   Oregon’s unemployment rate and its decline over the year are comparable with the U.S.   In December, nonfarm payroll employment rose by 5,000,…

Hermiston City Council Approves Fixed Route Bus System

The Hermiston City Council unanimously approved an agreement Monday night with KAYAK Transit to begin a fixed-route bus system within the community. A map of the route is available HERE, and timing for each of the stops will be developed over the coming weeks. The Council is still also taking feedback on proposed names for…

Community Bank’s Charity Drive Produces Over $24,000

The annual Charity Drive was conducted in Community Bank’s full-service branch locations during November, through December 20th. The program is an effort to collect donations in branches to benefit charities in that same area. The bank matches donations at $0.50 on each dollar, with a max match amount of $500 per branch location. This season…