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Table of Contents Welcome ........................................................................................................................................................... 4 Workforce Information ...................................................................................................................................... 5 Wage Information.............................................................................................................................................. 6 Workforce Development.................................................................................................................................... 7 Transportation ................................................................................................................................................... 8 Utilities ............................................................................................................................................................. 9 Available Sites ................................................................................................................................................ 10 Business Incentives ......................................................................................................................................... 12 Finance Programs ............................................................................................................................................ 14 Directory ......................................................................................................................................................... 16


Welcome Greetings from Baker County, We proudly represent Baker County Economic Development in Eastern Oregon, where we value our local entrepreneurs and industry. Baker County enjoys easy access to regional, national and global transportation networks. In addition, we offer globally competitive tax incentives to encourage businesses to locate, grow and prosper. Below are incentives our local entrepreneurs enjoy. The Cost of Doing Business – Oregon does not have a general sales and use tax, receipts and revenue tax, inventory tax, worldwide unitary tax, motor vehicle excise tax or state capital tax on assessed value. Baker County Enterprise Zone – In exchange for locating or expanding in the enterprise zone, eligible businesses receive an exemption from local property taxes on new investments for 3-5 years. Oregon Investment Advantage – If you are looking to start or locate here, this program provides eligible businesses with a multi-year income tax deduction, potentially eliminating state business tax liability during an 8-9-year period. Workers’ Compensation Rates – Oregon has some of the lowest workers’ compensation premium rates in the nation. Only 11 states have lower average rates. You can be assured that Baker County will provide the tools needed to remain competitive in the current market. In addition to recruitment, we assist in sustaining and growing existing businesses. Through free and confidential advising, our team of professionals is focused on helping to build your business. For more information, we invite you to take a few minutes and visit our website at www.bakercountyeconomicdevelopment.com. Please let us know if you have any questions about Baker County; we are open for business! Best Regards,

William Harvey, Chair Baker County Board of Commissioners

Greg Smith, Director Baker County Economic Development


Workforce Information People

Total Establishments by Size

Population

16,053

Labor Force

6,871

Median Household Income

$46,479

Median Age

47

Communities

7

Total Establishments by Size 1-4 Employees

621

5-9 Employees

165

10-19 Employees

94

20-49 Employees

32

50-99 Employees

16

100-249 Employees

6

Total Establishments by Type Agricultural, Forestry & Fishing

40

Agricultural Services

14

Banks & Financial Institutions

43

Coal and Ore Mining

1

General & Heavy Construction

50

Health & Medical Services

82

Food Manufacturing

4

Machinery & Equipment Manufacturing

8

Lumber and Wood Products

7

Transportation

33

Total Establishments Total Employees

934 6,353


Wage Information Occupation All Occupations Management Occupations Chief Executives General and Operational Managers Financial Managers Industrial Production Manager Social & Community Service Managers Accountants and Auditors Foresters Lawyers Substitute Teachers Pharmacists Physicians and Surgeons Veterinarians Registered Nurses Medical Technicians and Paramedics Dental Assistants Firefighters Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers Bartenders Waiters and Waitresses Housekeeping Cleaners Childcare Workers Bookkeeping, Accounting, Audit Clerks Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks Receptionist/Information Clerks Legal Assistants Plumbers, Pipefitters, Steamfitters Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators Farm Equipment Mechanics Construction Laborers

Median Hourly $15.62 $36.49 $49.12 $32.56 $42.22 $39.50 $31.31 $24.60 $29.76 $42.53 $21.55 $59.26 * $36.30 $35.89 $16.80 $16.67 $18.70 $29.10 $9.78 $10.68 $10.54 $9.78 $15.38 $19.37 $12.71 $18.28 $28.17 $14.67 $18.76 $16.62

Mean Hourly $19.45 $39.67 $49.41 $40.02 $45.07 $40.64 $30.57 $25.91 $29.88 $39.99 $21.20 $58.20 $107.96 $37.01 $36.19 $18.11 $16.54 $19.09 $29.34 $11.08 $11.08 $11.07 $11.31 $16.32 $19.73 $13.26 $18.37 $27.59 $15.35 $19.74 $17.04

Median Annual $32,490 $75,890 $102,170 $67,730 $87,820 $82,160 $64,750 $51,160 $61,910 $88,470 $44,830 $123,260 * $75,500 $74,660 $34,940 $34,670 $38,900 $60,520 $20,350 $22,210 $21,910 $20,350 $31,990 $40,280 $26,440 $38,030 $58,590 $30,510 $39,020 $34,560

Mean Annual $40,460 $82,520 $102,770 $83,240 $93,740 $84,540 $63,590 $53,880 $62,150 $83,170 $44,090 $121,060 $224,550 $76,970 $75,270 $37,670 $34,400 $39,700 $61,020 $23,040 $23,050 $23,030 $23,530 $33,940 $41,050 $27,580 $38,210 $57,400 $31,930 $41,060 $35,440


Workforce Development

Baker Technical Institute Providing local residents and students with career pathways in: • Agriculture • Building Construction • Culinary Arts • Engineering • Health Services Each pathway program is comprised of rigorous study to assure strong academic and technical preparation providing students with critical learning and hands-on skills. Students who focus on a pathway acquire the skills necessary for entry into well paid careers with high potential for rapid financial growth, increased levels of responsibility, and a high degree of personal satisfaction. 2500 E St. Baker City, OR 97814 541-519-2671 www.bakerti.org

Blue Mountain Community College 3275 Baker St. Baker City, OR 97814 541-523-9127 www.bluecc.edu WorkSource Oregon 1575 Dewey Ave. Baker City, OR 97814 541-523-6331 www.workinginoregon.org National Career Readiness Certificate Debbie Gargalis 541-523-6331 www.oregonworkready.com Oregon Labor Market Information System www.qualityinfo.org Regional Economist Christopher Rich 541-963-7111 Workforce Analyst Andrew Crollard 541-519-0315


Transportation

RAIL ACCESS The Union Pacific Railroad Main Line parallels Interstate 84 and offers multiple rail spur connections to meet your intermodal transportation needs. Union Pacific Railroad is prepared to ship just about anything from Baker County: aggregate, concrete, food and forest products, and many other bulk commodities. Contact us today to learn about shipping opportunities originating from Baker County.

INTERSTATE ACCESS

AIRPORT ACCESS

Baker County is strategically located along Interstate 84, offering multiple, strategic ramps for easy access to our commercial and industrial building sites.

Baker City Municipal Airport is located approximately three miles north of Baker City.

Average Daily Traffic Year 2015 - 10,300 Year 2014 - 9,400 Year 2013 - 9,099 Year 2012 - 8,939 Year 2011 - 8,714 Year 2010 - 9,070

The airport provides a full line of aeronautical services including fuel (Jet A and 100LL), flight instruction, aircraft rental, charter, and maintenance. Contact Us today to learn about aviation opportunities originating from Baker City.


Utilities ELECTRICITY

www.windwave.org

Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative

WATER

Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative is the steward of affordable and reliable power for Baker County. Contact Oregon Trail Electric today to review what business incentives are available.

Baker County has a water delivery system of both wells and reservoirs. Our city managers are ready to assist.

Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative 4005 23rd St. Baker City, OR 97814 541-523-3616 www.otecc.com

NATURAL GAS Cascade Natural Gas Cascade Natural Gas provides services for residential, commercial, and industrial facilities throughout Baker County. Cascade Natural Gas 888-522-1130 www.cngc.com

COMMUNICATIONS Windwave Communications State-of-the-art fiber optics are available. Windwave Communications provides highly reliable services to commercial and industrial facilities. Windwave Communication 800-862-8508

Municipalities

City of Baker City 541-524-2040 fwarner@bakercity.com City of Haines 541-856-3366 haines@cascadeaccess.com City of Halfway 541-742-4741 halfwaycity@gmail.com City of Huntington 541-869-2202 huntingtoncityof@gmail.com City of Richland 541-893-6141 richcity@pinetel.com City of Sumpter 541-894-2314 cityofsumpter@qwestoffice.net City of Unity 541-523-8200 mbennett@bakercounty.org


Available Sites Ellingson Property Price

Negotiable

For Sale/Lease

Yes/Yes

Size

47,000 sq. ft.

Enterprise Zone

Yes

Electric Service

Yes

Water/Sewer

Yes

Fiber

Yes

Nearest Airport

5.9 miles

Nearest Interstate

1.8 miles

Rail Access

Yes

The Ellingson Property consists of three buildings and an office complex. It is located within the city limits and the urban growth boundary of Baker City. It is approximately one and a half miles from the city center. It is also included in the Baker County Enterprise Zone. The owner of the site (Tax Lots 1700 and 800) is interested in working with an- other business through terms or sale of land. The owner is currently not using the site. This lot would be built to suit with a minimum price starting at $87.00 per square foot. It is estimated that it would take up to ten to twelve months (depending upon the design process and weather) for occupancy. Terms would be up to 80% loan of value, 5 year FHLB plus 3.5% fixed for 5 years with a floor of 5.57% adjustable every 5 years for the term of the note. Ceilings are based on the strength of the borrower.

CONTACT INFORMATION Baker County Economic Development 1705 Main St., Ste. 500-A Baker City, OR 97814 541-523-5460 bakercountyedc@gmail.com www.bakercountyeconomicdevelopment.com


Available Sites Elkhorn View Industrial Park Price

Negotiable

For Sale/Lease

Yes/Yes

Size

1-65 acres

Enterprise Zone

Yes

Electric Service

Yes

Water/Sewer

Yes

Fiber

Yes

Nearest Airport

2 miles

Nearest Interstate

2 miles

Rail Access

Nearby

Shovel Ready Site Certified - The Elkhorn View Industrial Park is located within the city limits and the urban growth boundary of Baker City. The industrial park is approximately two miles from the city center in the northwest corner of the city. It is also included in the Baker County Enterprise Zone. The industrial park consists of 100 acres, of which 35 have been developed. There are approximately 65 acres open and ready for development. Existing infrastructure currently provided includes water, sewer, natural gas, and underground power. Future infrastructure would be a rail spur (preliminary work is already completed.) The price per acre is $9,500 with lots available from two acres to ten acres. These lots would be built to suit with a minimum price starting at $87.00 per square foot. It is estimated that it would take up to ten to twelve months (depending on the design process and weather) for occupancy.

CONTACT INFORMATION Baker County Economic Development 1705 Main St., Ste. 500-A Baker City, OR 97814 541-523-5460 bakercountyedc@gmail.com www.bakercountyeconomicdevelopment.com


Business Incentives LOCAL INCENTIVES & GRANTS Baker County Jobs & Growth Grant Baker County offers a special grant to relocating businesses. Administered by the local Baker County Economic Development Committee, the grant provides eligible businesses who relocate to Baker County $5,000 per job created, including the owners. These grant dollars are flexible.

PROPERTY TAX ABATEMENTS Baker County Enterprise Zone The Baker County Enterprise Zone offers a unique resource to Oregon communities and an exciting opportunity for businesses growing or relocating. In exchange for expanding in an enterprise zone, eligible companies receive an exemption from local property taxes on their new investments and equipment between three to five years.

Long-Term Rural Enterprise Zone The long-term enterprise zone program extends property tax abatements for 7-15 years, compared to the three to five years offered in the standard enterprise zone. Any business activity is eligible, but projects depend on local approval and minimum levels of investment size, job creation, and employee compensation. Strategic Investment Program (SIP) The Strategic Investment Program exempts a portion of very large capital investments from property taxes for 15 years.

OTHER INCENTIVES Oregon Investment Advantage This program helps businesses start or locate in Baker County by providing a multi-year, income tax

deduction on new business operations, potentially eliminating state business tax liability.

Oregon Business Expansion Program An incentive program available to existing companies expanding operations in Oregon, or new companies coming into the state. The Oregon Business Expansion Program (BEP) is a cash incentive based on the estimated increase in new personal income tax revenue resulting from the new hires for the expansion or relocation of the project.

Film & Video Incentives Oregon offers a host of incentive programs for film and video productions taking place in the state. Incentive programs rebate: • 20% of the production’s Oregon-based goods and services. • An additional cash payment of up to 16.2% of wages paid to production personnel. Unlike other state programs, these incentives are cash rebates as opposed to tax credits. This simplifies and speeds up the rebate process.

TAX CREDITS Employer-Provider Dependent Care Tax Credit A 50% income tax credit for the annual cost of assisting employees with childcare and similar needs.

Work Opportunity Tax Credit A federal tax credit incentive that Congress provides to private-sector businesses for hiring individuals from target groups who have consistently faced significant employment barriers.


Business Incentives TAX CREDITS (CONTINUED) Research Tax Credits Corporate income tax credit for qualified research and basic research conducted each year in Oregon, as a statelevel extension of the federal R&D tax credits.

RENEWABLE ENERGY & RELATED INCENTIVES

Biomass Producer or Collector Tax Credit Income tax credit available to agricultural producers and biomass collectors for the production or collection of biomass that is to be used in Oregon as biofuel or to produce biofuel. The credit is based on the amount of biomass transferred to a biofuel producer during the tax year. This credit may be transferred to an Oregon taxpayer.

State Energy Loan Program (SELP) For renewable energy, including manufacturing facilities. Loans range from 5-20 years and $20,000 to $20 million, depending on the borrower’s need and financial situation. The Oregon Department of Energy finances these low-interest loans through the issuance of state general obligation bonds.

Renewable Energy Development Grants Competitive for energy production systems that produce energy from renewable sources.

CONTACT INFORMATION Baker County Economic Development 1705 Main St., Ste. 500-A Baker City, OR 97814 541-523-5460 bakercountyedc@gmail.com www.bakercountyeconomicdevelopment.com


Finance Programs STATE LOAN & LOAN GUARANTEE PROGRAMS Oregon Business Development Fund (OBDF) The OBDF provides direct loans that leverage private capital and provides incentives for businesses to expand or locate in Oregon.

Oregon Capital Access Program (CAP) The CAP provides a form of loan portfolio loss reserve, so banks may make business loans that carry higher than conventional risks while complying with federal and state banking regulations.

Oregon Credit Enhancement Fund (CEF) The CEF provides loan guarantees to banks to increase capital availability to small businesses.

Oregon Industrial Development Bonds (IDB) The IDB are available to manufacturing projects, exempt facilities and nonprofit organizations to provide access to capital primarily for value-added manufacturing.

Entrepreneurial Development Loan Fund (EDLF) The EDLF offers direct loans to help start-ups, microenterprises and small businesses expand or become established in Oregon.

NORTHEAST OREGON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT (NEOEDD) LOAN PROGRAMS Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) The Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) provides long-term, fixed-rate financing for land, buildings, equipment and machinery, and permanent working capital.

Program Guidelines • Individual loans may not exceed $250,000; • Loans cannot be used for refinancing of existing debt; • A minimum of one job must be created for every $25,000 of RLF investment; • Interest rate depends on risk and other factors. Information Required for RLF Loans • A brief description of the business and its operations and services; • A description of the project to be developed including the assets to be purchased and their costs; • The number of full and part-time jobs that will be created as a result of the project; • Three years of financial statements for the current business, including both a balance sheet and profit -and-loss statement for each year; • Cash-flow projections for the business; • Personal financial statements and federal tax returns; • Loans must be fully secured; • Loans will normally be subordinated to other project financing; • An equity injection of at least 10% will be required.

Intermediary Relending Program The Intermediary Relending Program (IRP) provides long-term, fixed-rate financing for land, buildings, equipment and machinery, and permanent working capital.


Finance Programs Program Guidelines • Maximum loan is 75% of eligible project costs – this means that you will need financing from other sources – yourself, a bank, another loan program, etc.; • Individual loans may not exceed $150,000; Loans cannot be used for refinancing of existing debt; • A minimum of one job must be created for every $25,000 of IRP investment; • The IRP may not supplant private bank financing; • The IRP can be used for permanent construction financing. Information Required for IRP Loans • Same as RFL loans.

OTHER FINANCE TOOLS Business Expansion Program A cash incentive based on the estimated increase in new personal income tax revenue resulting from new hires from the expansion or relocation project.

Business Retention Services Program This program is designed to help private sector companies with multi-industry expertise in finance,

marketing, operations, turnarounds, restructurings, feasibility studies, etc.

Oregon New Market Tax Credit Delivers below market rate investment options to Oregon businesses and creates jobs in low-income communities.

LOCAL LENDERS Bank of Eastern Oregon - 541-624-5040 Banner Bank – 541-53-4240 Community Bank – 541-524-7667 Farm Credit Services – 541-524-2920 Old West Federal Credit Union – 541-523-5535 Umpqua Bank – 541-523-6386 US Bank – 541-523-7791 Wells Fargo – 541-523-0544

CONTACT INFORMATION Baker County Economic Development 1705 Main St., Ste. 500-A Baker City, OR 97814 541-523-5460 bakercountyedc@gmail.com www.bakercountyeconomicdevelopment.com


Directory CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE

ksavage@bakercounty.org

Baker County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau

City of Baker City

490 Campbell St. Baker City, OR 97814 541-523-5855 www.visitbaker.com

1655 1st St. P.O. Box 650 Baker City, OR 97814 541-523-6541

Hells Canyon Chamber of Commerce

Mike Downing, Mayor 541-524-6541 mdowning@bakercity.com

114 E. Record St. P.O. Box 841 Halfway, OR 97834 541-742-4222 hellscanyonchamber@gmail.com www.hellscanyonchamber.com

LOCAL GOVERNMENT Baker County Board of Commissioners William Harvey, Commission Chair Mark Bennett, Commissioner Bruce Nichols, Commissioner 1995 Third St. Baker City, OR 97814 541-523-8200

Baker County Economic Development Greg Smith, Director 1507 Main St., Ste. 500-A Baker County, OR 97814 541-523-5460 bakercountyedc@gmail.com www.bakercountyeconomicdevelopment.com

Baker County Planning Department Holly Kerns, Planning Director 523-8218 hkerns@bakercounty.org

Baker County Tax Assessor Kerry Savage 541-523-8203

Fred Warner, City Manager 541-523-2040 fwarner@bakercity.com

City of Haines Jim Brown, Mayor 541-856-3366 haines@cascadeaccess.com

City of Halfway Ivan Crow, Mayor 541-742-4740 halfwaycity@gmail.com

City of Huntington Candy Howland, Mayor 541-869-2202 huntingtoncityof@gmail.com

City of Richland Gloria Wilson, Mayor 541-893-6141 richcity@pinetel.com

City of Sumpter Cary Clarke, Mayor 541-894-2314 cityofsumpter@qwestoffice.net


City of Unity Mark Bennett, Acting City Manager 541-446-3544 mbennett@bakercounty.org

EDUCATION Blue Mountain Community College 3275 Baker St. Baker City, OR 97814 541-523-9127 www.bluecc.edu

Eastern Oregon University One University Blvd. La Grande, OR 97850 541-962-3672 www.eou.edu

Baker Technical Institute 2500 E St. Baker City, OR 97814 541-519-2671 www.bakerti.org

Baker School District 5J 2090 Fourth St. Baker City, OR 97814 541-524-2260 www.baker5j.org

Keating Elementary School 41964 Miles Bridge Rd. Keating, OR 97814 541-523-2377 Brooklyn Primary School 1350 Washington Baker City, OR 97814 541-524-2450

Burnt River School District P.O. Box 9 Unity, OR 97884 541-446-3466 www.burntriver.k12.or.us

Huntington School District 520 3rd. St. East Huntington, OR 97907 541-869-2204 www.huntington.k12.or.us

Pine Eagle School District 375 N. Main St. Halfway, OR 97834 541-742-2811 www.pineeaglesd.org

Baker Charter Schools/Web Academy

Baker High School 2500 E St. Baker City, OR 97814 541-524-2600

2725 7th St. Baker City, OR 97814 541-524-2300 www.bakercharters.org

Eagle Cap Innovative High School 2725 Seventh St. Baker City, OR 97814 541-524-2310

Harvest Christian Academy

Baker Middle School 2320 Washington Baker City, OR 97814 541-524-2500 South Baker Intermediate School 1285 Third St. Baker City, OR 97814 541-524-2350 Haines Elementary School 400 School St. Haines, OR 97833 541-524-2400

3720 Birch St. Baker City, OR 97814 541-523-4233 www.bakercityharvest.org

Baker Valley Seventh Day Adventist School K-8 42171 Chico Ln. Baker City, OR 97814 541-523-4165

HEALTH CARE Saint Alphonsus Medical Center - Baker City 3325 Pocahontas Rd. Baker City, OR 97814 541-523-6461 www.saintalphonsus.org/bakercity


HISTORY/ARTS Baker Heritage Museum 2480 Grove St. Baker City, OR 97814 541-523-9308

Crossroads Carnegie Art Center 2020 Auburn Ave. Baker City, OR 97814 541-523-5369 www.crossroads-arts.org

Eastern Oregon Museum 610 3rd St. Haines, OR 97833 541-856-3233

Eastern Oregon Regional Theatre (EORT) 2101 Main St., Ste. 207 Baker City, OR 97814 541-523-9652

National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center 22267 Oregon Hwy. 86 Baker City, OR 97814 541-523-1843 www.blm.gov/or/oregontrail

RECREATION Anthony Lakes Ski Area 47500 Anthony Lake Hwy. North Powder, OR 97867 541-856-3277 www.anthonylakes.com

Baker Family YMCA 3715 Pocahontas Rd. Baker City, OR 97814 541-523-9622 www.bakerymca.org

Quail Ridge Golf Course 2801 Indiana Ave. Baker City, OR 97814 541-523-2358 www.quailridgegreens.com

Sumpter Valley Railroad 211 Austin St. Sumpter, OR 97877 541-894-2268 www.sumptervalleyrailroad.org

REAL ESTATE Baker City Realty 1933 Court Ave. Baker City, OR 97814 541-523-5871 www.bakercityrealty.com

Hells Canyon Realty 102 N. Main St. Halfway, OR 97834 541-540-6133 www.hellscanyonrealty.com

Howard Britton Realty, Inc. 3480 Place St. Baker City, OR 97814 541-523-2800

Intermountain Realty, Inc. 1425 Campbell St. Baker City, OR 97814 541-523-4434 www.intermountainland.com

John J. Howard & Associates 2195 Main St. Baker City, OR 97814 541-523-7390 www.johnjhoward.com

Rustic Realty 110 S. Mill St. Sumpter, OR 97877 541-894-0116 www.rusticrealtyproperties.com

Sunfire Real Estate 1790 Washington St. Baker City, OR 97814 541-523-7727 www.sunfirerealestate.com

The Grove Team 845 Campbell St. Baker City, OR 97814 541-523-6485 www.thegroveteam.com

Uriarte Realty 1712 Campbell St. Baker City, OR 97814 541-523-4212 www.uriarterealty.net


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