I am writing to encourage my fellow voters to support the Blue Mountain Community College Bond in the upcoming election.

As a BMCC graduate, I know the benefits I have enjoyed as a result of that experience. It helped me stay in Eastern Oregon for my career. The annual list of local graduates demonstrates the benefits that BMCC bestows on our area.

BMCC is also a major factor in economic development. The ability to identify and respond to workforce training needs is crucial to attracting new employers and supporting existing employers. In addition to that, the availability of higher education resources is an important amenity that is increasingly important in economic development.

BMCC is an asset that we need to support. The original campus was built in 1962 and we need to maintain it.

Please join me in voting yes on the BMCC bond measure.

Tim Mabry

Hermiston

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