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Pendleton Tries to Land Drone Industry

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PENDLETON, OR. - The city of Pendleton is trying to land the drone industry.  

The city hosted the Northwest's conference for unmanned aerial vehicles on Wednesday and Thursday of this week, in the 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.

25 National Guard soldiers at the Pendleton base are trained with the RQ-7 Shadow, a drone that is used primarily for surveillance. 

At the conference, 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% or less.