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September 28, 2018 Media Contact
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Business Oregon Announces Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Awards

Today Business Oregon announced $5,599,500 in grants for one county and five city projects. These funds available for awards included $1,372,211 from the 2017 CDBG allocation. These awards are from the state's 2018 first application round of funding.

The primary objective of the CDBG program is the development of livable communities by expanding economic opportunities, providing decent housing, and creating suitable living environments, principally for persons of low and moderate income.

"These awards can make a big difference for Oregon communities, particularly smaller rural areas that can use a partner for large infrastructure investments," said Chris Harder, director of Business Oregon. "The projects set the stage for long-term economic growth and community health in rural Oregon."

Business Oregon administers the state of Oregon's annual federal allocation of CDBG funds for non-metropolitan cities and counties. Urban cities and counties, and tribes are not included in the state's program as they receive CDBG funds directly from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The following is the list of recipients in this round of funding.

Public Works Projects:

  • City of Chiloqin—$702,000
  • City of Tillamook—$2,500,000

Community Facility Projects:

  • City of St. Helens, Food Bank—$1,500,000

Microenterprise Assistance:

  • City of Independence—$97,500

Housing Rehabilitation Projects:

  • Harney County—$400,000
  • City of Independence—$400,000

More information on each of these projects, as well as full program information, is available on our web site.


Business Oregon, the state's economic development agency, invests in Oregon businesses, communities, and people to promote a globally competitive, diverse, and inclusive economy. The agency's services span rural community development and infrastructure financing; business retention, expansion and recruitment; export promotion and international trade; investments in industry research and development and entrepreneurship; small business assistance; and support for arts and cultural organizations.