Legislation will help Malheur County

Key state legislative leaders and agency directors convene in Gov. Kat Brown's office recently to map out strategies to help Malheur County recover from storm damage.(Submitted photo)

By Les Zaitz

The Enterprise

Malheur County would get state money and regulatory relief to boost local business and employment under legislation announced last week.

The legislation would:

  • Create a loan fund to help business and local government train workers, build roads and sewer lines, and support new businesses. The fund would start with $10 million.
  • Direct the state land-use agency to consider local requests to waive planning laws that stand in the way of new development.
  • Establish a new government agency run locally by a seven-member board. The board members would be nominated . . .