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Local economic group zeroes in on mismatches between Oregon, Idaho

Shawna Peterson, chair of the Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Board, listens to Dana Young during a recent meeting. (The Enterprise/File).

ONTARIO – The Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Board recently isolated economic priorities for the local area and assigned members to research each one.

The board is assessing economic and planning needs in a 20-mile area in Malheur County along the Idaho border.

During the past few months the seven-member board charged with developing jobs and boosting the local economy identified six crucial challenges to economic growth locally.

The board will use the priorities a building blocks for legislation in 2019, according to chair Shawna Peterson, an Ontario attorney.

The priorities run the gamut from technical training programs to land use, cost of electricity, public assistance programs and broadband availability.

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