Border board is ready to hand out money to boost local economy

Shawna Peterson, left, is chair of the Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Board. (Enterprise/File)

ONTARIO – The Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Board is now taking applications for three grant programs designed to boost workforce training and improve local communities.

The three programs will dispense up to $450,000.

“We are really excited about it,” said Shawna Peterson, border board chair.

 The board was created by the Legislature and aims to spark economic development along a 20-mile corridor of the border with Idaho and includes Malheur County. The board has $5 million from the state for economic development including loans and grants.

Two of the grants – the Education and Work Force Training Grant and the Community Improvement Planning Grant – will provide up to $200,000 for eligible applicants.