Oregon State Rep. Greg Smith (GOP-Heppner) was successful in securing $1 million for the development and construction of a new Hermiston Chamber of Commerce & Western Umatilla County Community Facility.
Smith obtained the funding in an amendment to House Bill 5201 the 2018 Budget Reconciliation Bill. Smith serves as a member of Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Capital Construction where the amendment and bill were considered. He also serves as Co-Vice Chair of the Joint Ways and Means Committee which oversees the entire state budget.
“The growing communities of Western Umatilla County continue to need additional meeting and workforce development training space, and I believe this facility will help meet that need,” said Smith. “I am also excited this facility can serve as a new home for the Hermiston Chamber of Commerce as they continue their work in supporting local business and community activities.”
The new facility will provide space for community meetings, educational and workforce development training events for Western Umatilla County. In addition, the facility will serve as the home of operations for the Greater Hermiston Chamber of Commerce, who will also serve as the operator of the facility once complete.
“The Greater Hermiston Chamber of Commerce would like to thank Rep. Greg Smith for his unwavering support and working towards this opportunity to serve West Umatilla County in a greater capacity as we develop our new facility,” said Debbie Pedro, Hermiston Chamber of Commerce CEO.
HB 5201 will proceed to a vote where it is expected to pass and be signed into law.