Focus Industries

Umatilla County is actively targeting the following industries.
Industry Action Project Type
Agriculture: Provide county support for all agriculture. Support diverse farming and ranching methods practiced throughout the area. Garner support for water projects, programs and legislation favorable to both dry land and irrigated agriculture.
Support business retention, expansion, value-added and new business recruitment, with an emphasis on value-added agriculture.
Micro-Brews: Encourage and support with marketing, the region as an attractive option for micro brews and alcohol distilleries.
Wine Industry: Support local industry including vineyards, harvesting, processing and value added activities of the wine industry. Provide direct assistance with land use permitting; support marketing efforts.
Natural Resources: Advocate for balanced use in Forest Management Plan. Advocate for programs and funding to enhance water supply and quality.
Tourism: Continue representation on local and regional groups; promote regional tourism efforts and outdoor recreation opportunities. Partner with Travel Pendleton, Wildhorse Resort and Casino and Eastern Oregon Visitors Association for a regional approach.
Umatilla County Economic Development Niche/Specialized Services:
Workforce Skills Development and Training

Projects

Industry Action Project Type
Highway 395 North: Provide assistance to the stakeholders to implement Phase III Economic and Community Enhancement Project.
Pendleton Airport and
UAS Range

Support investment and projects to foster development of Unmanned Aerial Systems and the UAS test Range at the Pendleton Regional Airport and throughout the county.
Skilled Workforce County and Blue Mountain Community College have partnered to study skilled workforce needs in Umatilla County. Consultant contracted to complete the initial study is Susan Bower with Eastern Oregon Business Source.
Plan 4 Health Plan 4 Health webpage
Umatilla County Economic Development Niche/Specialized Services:
Workforce Skills Development and Training