Eastern Oregon has Sites Ready for Business!

Eastern Oregon has Sites Ready for Business! Main Photo

5 Jan 2022


Opportunity for business owners to relocate or expand their companies exists throughout Eastern Oregon. The Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative (OTEC) serves several counties with industrial parks and other properties with world-class infrastructure and amenities that fit the needs of a broad range of industries. OTEC’s economic development team is ready to assist site selectors, business leaders and entrepreneurs to find their perfect location today! Further information about these possibilities can be accessed by clicking the link for each county below.

Baker County

Baker City’s Elkhorn View Industrial Park is a flat, shovel-ready property with sites available ranging from just under one acre to nearly 16 acres. The property is zoned for industrial use with electric power and broadband infrastructure on-site and available natural gas nearby. Businesses located there can access nearby rail and are a half-mile to Highway 30, three miles to I-84 and four miles to the Baker Airport.

Occupants will find several economic assistance sources, including local investment funds and free access to experts who can help with site selection, market research and relocation planning. The Park is located within a designated Enterprise Zone, which would entitle a qualified business to real property and personal property tax exemption for three to five years depending on the jobs created and the average wage for employees. Baker City is also a qualified Oregon Opportunity Zone which may have additional beneficial tax treatment.

Grant County

The John Day Industrial Park is 100 acres of flat land located adjacent to the Grant County Regional Airport. Requests for information can be directed to the city. The airport has two runways, one rated at 21,000 pounds and the other at 34,500. The airport is in an Enterprise Zone and an Urban Growth Boundary, with tax benefits available to qualified businesses.  

Harney County

Hines in Harney County has a 20-acre buildable property on Highway 20. It is zoned for commercial and industrial use in close proximity to several retail businesses. Infrastructure on-site includes electric power, broadband fiber, city sewer and water service. The property is located in an Enterprise Zone and Opportunity Zone, with their respective tax benefits available to qualified businesses. 

Union County

OTEC Baum Industrial ParkIsland City’s Baum Industrial Park is a 25-acre, shovel-ready site, on a 60-acre property owned by Union County. The site can be subdivided from one to 25 acres and is zoned for heavy industrial use. Suitable industry segments include food processing, general manufacturing, shipping, storage, warehouse and distribution companies. Current businesses operating there include Eagle Carriage & Machine, Johnson Electric, MNS/USA Concrete, Northwood Manufacturing, Outdoors RV Manufacturing, Robbins Equipment and Romans' Precision Irrigation.

All major utilities are in place with new pavement on the property. The site is adjacent to Oregon Highway 82, offering quick access to the Union County Airport and less than 100 miles to the Port of Umatilla on the Columbia River. In addition, the site is adjacent to a railroad spur on the Idaho Northern and Pacific freight route, Significant economic assistance exists with the fact the property is in an Enterprise Zone and Opportunity Zone. 

The La Grande Business & Technology Park in Union County’s La Grande is a 25 acre, shovel-ready site on over 60 acres of flat, buildable land. The site can be subdivided into one- to eight-acre lots. Existing infrastructure includes electrical service, telecommunications fiber, natural gas, municipal water and wastewater accessible to all lots, along with improved streets with curb and sidewalk. The property is less than two miles from I-84 and the La Grande-Union County Airport, which offers service to both private and commercial aircraft. Additionally, nearby La Grande offers access to rail freight service with Union Pacific Railroad. The Phase I Environmental Report is complete and it is in an Urban Renewal Area, which indicates the possibility of available grants for qualifying projects. 

Beyond supplying electricity to its members, OTEC understands economic development is vital to thriving local communities. The cooperative assists parties interested in properties similar to those enlisted above and more to ensure Eastern Oregon’s future continues to be bright. Its economic development team works closely with community and business leaders to help deliver what they need to succeed and are prepared for growth. Entrepreneurs, investors and site selectors will find the information, answers and assistance from OTEC to join in the exciting growth occurring in Eastern Oregon today!