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County backs tax break to help business grow

Published on August 2, 2017 4:32PM

PENDLETON — The Umatilla County Board of Commissioners gave their support to a business seeking a state incentive to expand.

Columbia River Logistics Service Corporation, 30900 Launch Lane, Umatilla, qualified for the Oregon Investment Advantage program, which could eliminate the company’s income tax liability for several years.

To qualify, Columbia River Logistics must create at least five full-time, year-round jobs and its facility operations must be the first of their kind in Oregon for the company.

Business Oregon, the state’s economic development agency, operates the incentive program and requests local government indicate their support or opposition to the application. Business Oregon asked the county, the city and the Port of Umatilla to weigh in.

Larry Givens, chairman of the county commissioners, responded with a letter to Business Oregon stating the county supports the business expansion. Commissioners on Wednesday morning in Pendleton formalized the support with a 3-0 vote in favor.

Commissioners also approved a $10,000 grant to the Pendleton Downtown Association for that organization’s fencing project. This is the second and final donation of $10,000 from the county to help the association with the project.


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