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HERMISTON, Ore. -- The work at the Umatilla Army Chemical Depot is scheduled to come to an end in November, that means many people will be out of a job.
The executive director of the Hermiston Chamber of Commerce, Debbie Pedro says they are running a forum for everyone about what they're planning for the near future.
Wednesday, September 21st there will be a meet and greet starting at 6:30pm, followed by a forum at 7:00pm-9:00pm at the Hermiston Conference Center located at 415 S Hwy 395. Pedro says they're expecting about 300 people to attend.
Pedro says there will be representatives talking about what's going to happen to the 20,000acres of land, jobs that will be lost, land development and economic impact. The representatives will be from the US Army, CSEPP, Land and Reuse Authority, CTUIR and an OSU Economist.
Right now, the actual army depot side employs 600 people, 300 are from Hermiston, but 445 are from the Tri-Cities areas.
"Of course we want to make sure these people have jobs to go to, of course we want them to stay in our community," says Debbie Pedro.
The 830 depot jobs on the engineering end should still be intact for several more years because of clean up after the project is finished. The UMCDF payroll is approximately $49 Million. Half the URS jobs are held by people living in the Tri-Cities area.