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Local board hands out nearly $300,000 to boost Malheur County economy

Small businesses and groups are getting a boost to improve the local economy through new jobs and services thanks to two grants awarded this spring.

The Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Board awarded nearly $300,000 in its first-ever grant cycle. The board was created in the 2017 legislative session to encourage economic development along a 20-mile stretch of Oregon’s border with Idaho.

This grant cycle garnered 26 applications for two grant programs.

Four applicants received up to $25,000 from the Scott Fairley Memorial Edge Grant geared toward projects that find creative solutions to revitalize the local economy.

Red Rock Ag Products LLC, a Vale-based company, received $25,000 for a project to recycle drip tape in mass quantities. The company intends to establish and operate a recycling plant in the Treasure Valley . . .