Several projects in Eastern Oregon will receive a piece of Business Oregon’s $4.81 million Strategic Reserve Fund.
Gov. Kate Brown announced Monday that 13 different projects around Oregon would get funding, ranging from $50,000 to $1.25 million. The projects focus on small businesses, entrepreneurship and rural development and the funding is expected to create or retain 1,778 jobs.
The local projects include Digital Harvest in Pendleton and rural broadband development.
Digital Harvest, a Virginia-based company that has a research outpost in Pendleton, is developing a new robot that can harvest and prune wine grapes. The robot, called the Remote Operated Vineyard Robot, or ROVR, has been tested in Echo vineyards. Digital Harvest will receive $100,000 toward costs for the prototype.
Funds will also be put toward expanding rural broadband services in rural Oregon, which may include communities in Eastern Oregon. Communities around the state will receive $500,000 toward broadband planning, engineering and infrastructure development in rural and under-served areas.
Other projects in Eastern Oregon that will receive funds include Snake River Produce in Nyssa and Baker and Murakami Produce Company in Ontario. Several facilities in the Willamette Valley will also receive support, including food processing plants, paper companies and manufacturing companies.