The Northeast Oregon Alliance awarded $330,000 in economic development during its June 17 meeting.

The alliance, which manages Oregon Lottery funds set aside for regional investments, selected 11 projects for funding from a total of 23 applications submitted from within Wallowa, Union, and Umatilla counties.

Seven of the awards were made to private businesses. Three were awarded to local governments. One was awarded to a non-profit organization.

Wallowa County projects accounted for five of the awards and a total allocation of $92,000. The largest of these was a $38,990 grant to Stewart Springs, Ltd., a drafting company from Joseph that will use the funds to purchase computers, software, office equipment, supplies and networking. The firm recently landed a contract to help construct the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The Wallowa County Board of Commissioners garnered a $30,000 grant to help prepare for industrial development and economic diversification.

Timber Bronze of Enterprise, which specializes in bronze accessories cast from tree parts, received a $10,000 grant to help pay for new equipment and show room upgrade.

Executive Tree Care of Joseph was awarded $11,000 for equipment purchase.

The Enterprise Public Library received $2,000 to help pay for new wiring.

Several other Wallowa County businesses and organizations did not receive the funds that they requested, including the Enterprise Hometown Improvement Group (EHIG), Joseph Bronze, Golden Rule Graphics, Jerry's Main Street Market, and Eagle Cap Wilderness Pack Station.

The largest single award was a $90,000 grant to Powder Valley Products, a Union County business start-up that requested funding to help pay for design, construction, and equipment purchase. The Library Foundation of Milton-Freewater received $75,000 for the purchase of new furnishings and equipment. Two Umatilla County businesses also received funding. Circle C Equipment and Haus Barhyte, Inc., received $30,000 and $27,000 respectively.

NOA will accept funding requests again in the fall, according to program manager Sara Miller. The next scheduled application date for grant requests is set for October 31. More information about the grant program is avilable at the Northeast Oregon Economic Development District Web site at www.neoedd.org or by calling the Northeast Oregon Alliance staff in Enterprise at (541) 426-3598 or 1-800-645-9454.   

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