Law signals new hope for local economy

By Mitchell Willetts

The Enterprise

ONTARIO - A new bill allowing parts of Malheur County to act more independently from the state in favor of its economic interests recently passed unanimously the Oregon Legislature.

By establishing a state economic advisory board, comprised of locals who know the issues, legislators hope to make Malheur County more economically competitive against a business-friendly Idaho.

As the regional authority on economic development, the board will work with policymakers on adjusting state rules and regulations, particularly regarding land use.

The new seven-member board will also receive $5 million from the state for projects and . . .