Economic board displays high profile in Salem

By Pat Caldwell
The Enterprise
ONTARIO - One of Oregon’s top lawmakers told the members of a new board of local residents they now have a “hotline” to Salem regarding job creation and economic development.
House Speaker Tina Kotek by video link addressed the first meeting of the Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Board last week at Treasure Valley Community College. She emphasized the distinctive mission of the new committee and its potential impact.
The board was created by the 2017 Legislature. The board is designed to spark job creation and economic development and is assigned to evaluate gaps in state regulations between Idaho and Oregon.
The board consists of seven members appointed by Gov. Kate Brown.
“This is a very unique board for the state and reflects where you live and the challenges you face,” said Kotek. “I think this is a very unique way to address . . .