Pendleton, Ore., tries to tempt drone industry

Pendleton, Ore., tries to tempt drone industry

Pendleton, Ore., tries to tempt drone industry

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Associated Press

Posted on October 13, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Updated Sunday, Oct 13 at 10:02 AM

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Pendleton is trying to land the drone industry.

The East Oregonian newspaper reports (http://is.gd/AXdf1Z) the city hosted the Northwest's conference for unmanned aerial vehicles on Wednesday and Thursday in hopes of becoming a leader in the industry.

Pendleton economic development coordinator Steve Chrisman says the city offers both open airspace and a skilled workforce. Twenty-five National Guard soldiers at the Pendleton base are trained with the RQ-7 Shadow, a drone?used primarily for surveillance.

Chrisman announced economic incentives available through Umatilla County and the Horizon Project to drone technology companies who locate to the city.

Umatilla County would grant $100,000 to a company that meets economic and employment benchmarks, while the Horizon Project loan would have an interest rate of 2 percent or less.

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Information from: East Oregonian, http://www.eastoregonian.info

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