Business planners in Pendleton understand it's all about location. The city lies right on I-82 en route to a crucial juncture in Hermiston, where I-84 splits into I-82, which means Pendleton sees all the trucking traffic going from Salt Lake City to Portland and Seattle. The city's economic expansion helped it record a 5.7% increase in employment from 2009 to 2012 — the highest in the state — and a 2% bump in median income over the same period. The city is incentivizing future growth with a three-year property tax exemption for qualified businesses, and in 2007, it set aside 527 acres for industrial parks. (Source:

The State of Oregon Business Advantage

  • Top 2 Lowest Business Tax Rate – Anderson Group, 2013
  • Top 2 Fastest Economic Growth Last 5 Years – Forbes 2013
  • Top 2 Lowest Taxes for New Investment – Business Finance, 2013
  • #1 Location for Manufacturing - American Institute for Economic Research, 2011
  • Top 10 Lowest Cost of Doing Business – CNBC, 2011
  • Bottom 25% Workmen's Comp Rates – Oregon Department of Consumer Services, 2013
  • Top 10 State for Quality of Life – CNBC, 2013

City of Pendleton Business Advantage

  • Best Places to Start a Business in Oregon (Pendleton #8) –, May 2015
  • Stable Local Housing Market Leads to High Scores in Oregon Study – Nerdwallet, February 2015
  • Best Town in Oregon to Raise a Family – Bloomberg Business Week, 2011
  • Top Community for Music Education, NAMM, 2013
  • Top True Western Town in the US, True West Magazine, 2011

City of Pendleton

Urban Renewal

Downtown includes a wide swath of Pendleton running along the Umatilla River. Any business locating or already located within the downtown urban renewal area is eligible to apply for help.