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State Money Approved to Help Upgrade Pendleton's Site for Commercial Drones

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State money approved for Pendleton's site for drones. State money approved for Pendleton's site for drones.

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) - Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has approved state money to help the city of Pendleton build hangars and storage facilities at a testing site for commercial drones in eastern Oregon.

Brown on Friday announced a $545,000 grant for the Pendleton Unmanned Aerial Systems Range, one of three test ranges in Oregon.

She and others say the money will help keep the state competitive in the emerging market for drones.

The state's economic agency Business Oregon also plans to add $1.1 million in financial help to the range.

Umatilla County will also give a $100,000 incentive to the first drone company to locate in Pendleton.

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