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    Heppner Gazette-Times, Heppner, Oregon Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Port of Morrow reveals new
economic impact analysis
Economic and fis-
cal impacts by the Port of
Morrow and port-related
businesses have increased
measurably over the past
several years. According to
the news release, key high-
lights from the 2017 Port of
Morrow Economic Impact
Study that was revealed in
December include the fol-
-Total employment of
8,452 jobs (3,858 direct,
2,792 indirect, and 1,801
-Total output of $2.77
billion ($2.03B direct,
$0.52B indirect, $0.21B
-Total GDP of $1.08
billion ($712M direct,
$256M indirect, $114M
-Over $500 million in
labor income ($289M di-
rect, $152M indirect, $59M
-Annual local/state tax
revenue/payments of over
$118 million (includes in
lieu payments)
-Annual federal tax
revenue/payments of nearly
$142 million
According to the analy-
sis, in comparison, over
the last eleven years port-
related economic impacts
have increased measur-
ably. Comparative findings
-Port-related business-
es now account for nearly
$2.8 billion in annual out-
put in 2017, up from $1.8
billion in 2012 and $896
million in 2006 (in infla-
tion adjusted constant 2017
-The share of direct
economic output within
Morrow and Umatilla coun-
ties attributed to port-re-
lated businesses increased
from 15 percent to 26 per-
cent between 2006 and
-The share of direct em-
ployment that is considered
to be Port-related accounts
for 52 percent of all jobs in
Morrow County in 2017,
up from 36 percent in 2006.
“I am pleased to share
the economic data showing
continued growth in our
region’s economy. The Port
of Morrow is privileged to
be a part of that progress.
The Port of Morrow Com-
mission, our dedicated staff,
and partners both locally
and at the state level help
to accomplish these goals.
The results of that effort
are identified in this report,“
said Gary Neal, Port of
Morrow General Manager.
For more information
visit the Port of Morrow
website at www.portofmor-
row.com or call 541-481-
Chamber lunch meeting
The next lunch meet-
ing of the Heppner Cham-
ber of Commerce will be
held at noon on Thursday,
Feb. 1, in the Heppner City
Hall conference room. This
meeting will be all entities
Cost of lunch is $10
and chamber lunch attend-
ees are asked to RSVP at
541-676-5536. Bucknum’s
will be catering the lunch.
The meeting location is
accessible to persons with
disabilities. A request for an
All Saints Episcopal
Church will be hosting a
spaghetti dinner, provided
by the Heppner area Fourth
Day Group, and sharing
information about Cursillo
on Sunday, Jan. 28 at 5:30
p.m. Persons interested in
the Cursillo movement are
invited to attend.
Information will be
shared about Cursillo and
the upcoming weekend,
with applications avail-
able to work on the team.
“Cursillo is an ecumenical
community of faith, love
and hope that supports in-
dividuals in their search
for discovery and renewal
in Christ,” said a spokes-
For additional informa-
tion contact Dan or Diana
Sharp at 541-676-8262 or
George Nairns at 541-571-
interpreter for the hearing
impaired or for other ac-
commodations for persons
with disabilities should be
made at least 48 hours be-
fore the meeting to Sheryll
Bates at 541-676-5536.
Bryant Foundation receives
beautification award
Kim Cutsforth accepts the certificate of recognition on behalf of the Howard and Beth Bry-
ant Foundation from Merle Cowett, a member of the Beautification Commission. – Photo
by April Sykes
Merle Cowett of the
Heppner Beautification
Commission presented a
certificate of recognition
to Kim Cutsforth of the
Howard and Beth Bryant
The foundation was
recognized for their overall
dedication, contributions
and hard work toward cre-
ating an attractive environ-
ment for the community.
The Beautification
Commission presents the
award to the individual or
business who has done the
most to promote the beauti-
fication within the commu-
nity every two years.
Cursillo movement Nordic skiers outing to Coal Mine hill
to be discussed
Ten skiers enjoyed fresh snow conditions for the Arbuckle Nordic Clubs weekly ski trip Saturday, Jan. 20. The group started
out at the snow park at the top of Coal Mine hill and skied Heron Meadow and then east up the 750 road.
Heppner Friends of Chamber announcements and
FFA recruiting new upcoming events
The Heppner Friends
of FFA will hold a meeting
on Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. in the
Ag room at Heppner High
School. The meeting is
geared toward recruiting
new members.
The group of Heppner
alumni would like to invite
anyone with interest in FFA
to attend the meeting. It is
not necessary to be a former
FFA member to join the
For additional informa-
tion contact Angie Hughes
at 541-676-9909.
Dinner tickets for Hep-
pner Chamber’s Annual
Town and Country Commu-
nity Awards Dinner event
on Thursday, Feb. 8 went on
sale Friday, Jan. 12. Tickets
are available at the Bank of
Eastern Oregon, Heppner
Chamber, Heppner City
Hall, Community Bank and
Murray’s. Ticket prices this
year are $25 each until the
week of Feb. 5, at which
time they will be $30. Re-
served tables will be avail-
able on a first come, first
serve basis by purchasing
round tables of eight or long
tables of six. Contact the
Heppner Chamber for more
information or to reserve
seating at 541-676-5536.
Thursday, Jan. 25 will
be the Business Education
and Training seminars, co-
ordinated by Boardman
Chamber of Commerce.
The Boardman Chamber
is coordinating a seminar
presented by Paul Hutter,
which will include morn-
ing and afternoon sessions.
Morning will be “Health
Care Update; Marijuana
in the Workplace; and Or-
egon Overtime Rules for
Manufacturers. The after-
noon session will include
discussion on Motivating
and Retaining your em-
ployee. Cost for ½ day
for chamber members will
be $200, $250 for a non-
chamber member (Heppner
Chamber members will pay
the chamber rate). Cost
for a full day is $350 as a
chamber member or $400
for a non-chamber member.
Small businesses with 10
employees or less is of-
fered a $50 discount. Bring
multiple company employ-
ees for one price. Contact
the Boardman Chamber
at 541-481-3014 for more
information or to register.
Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 10
a.m., Veterans and seniors
Town Hall meeting with Le-
gal Aid Services of Oregon
at the Irrigon Library. Legal
Aid Services of Oregon will
present information related
to Senior Planning (wills,
trusts, funeral trusts, estate
planning, bankruptcy) and
referrals to attorneys who
could assist with specific
needs. To arrange trans-
portation, call The Loop at
1-844-676-5667. For ques-
tions and to RSVP, contact
Morrow County Veterans
Services at 541-922-6420.
Heppner Chamber’s
Annual Town and Country
Community Awards din-
ner will be held on Thurs-
day, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. at
the Morrow County Fair-
grounds. This annual event,
coordinated by the Heppner
Chamber of Commerce,
recognizes nominated com-
munity members and a local
business for their involve-
ment in our community.
The theme for the event
will be” An Evening with
the Stars” and the awards
will recognize a Woman
of the Year, Man of the
Year, Business of the Year,
Citizen-Educator of the
Year, Lifetime Achieve-
ment and a Youth Award.
Dinner, catered by Alvin
Liu of Gateway Café, will
consist of prime rib, green
salad, green beans, roll and
dessert. So purchase your
tickets early and plan on
coming out and enjoying a
great community event and
celebrate with just a few of
the great community mem-
bers who make Heppner a
great place to live.
Sunday, Feb. 11 at 6
p.m., Valentine’s Dinner at
Heppner Christian Church.
Bring a date or come alone
for a Valentine’s Dinner of
prime rib, baked potato,
tossed green salad, roll and
cheesecake for dessert.
There is no charge for the
meal but donations will go
to Hope2Liberia.
Thursday, Feb. 15, the
Willow Creek Valley Eco-
nomic Development Group
is hosting their annual lun-
cheon from 12-1 p.m. in
the Senior Center dining
room with Gary Neal as
the speaker. RSVP no later
than Tuesday, Feb. 13 to
guarantee a lunch. Lunch
will be served by Alvin Liu
of Gateway Café and the
menu will consist of BBQ
ribs, BBQ chicken, BBQ
beans, potato salad and des-
sert. Contact the Chamber
at 541-676-5536 to RSVP.
Saturday, Feb. 18 at 8
a.m., Sweetheart’s Break-
fast at the Heppner Chris-
tian Church. Breakfast will
consist of pancakes, eggs
and bacon. The breakfast
is free.
Tuesday, Mar. 6 from
10-11:30 a.m., Walla Walla
VA Medical Center Town
Hall meeting. This Town
Hall presentation on VA
Modernization – the next
chapter in VA’s story of
change will be held in the
Irrigon Library and is for all
Veterans and any interested
community members. Mor-
row County transportation
will be provided by The
Loop, call 844-676-5667 to
secure a seat.
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