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Eastern Oregon board will soon be accepting applications for border economic development program

ONTARIO – The Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Board is nearly ready to inject $5 million into the local economy.

The state money – part of a package of loans and grants – will be used to boost housing and infrastructure in the county as well opening more industrial land for development.

The Eastern Oregon Border Fund Proposed Grant and Loan Program will also provide grants to create more jobs, upgrade local programs or facilities that furnish workforce training and deliver subsidies for local governments for community improvements.

The $5 million was appropriated by the Legislature two years ago. A key part of the board’s mission is to spark economic development in Malheur County along the border with Idaho.

The board will also tackle gaps in state regulations between Oregon and Idaho.

A subcommittee of the border board is . . .