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February 28, 2019 Media Contact
Nathan Buehler 503-689-3559

Business Oregon Announces Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Awards

Today Business Oregon announced $4,118,800 in grants for one county and four city projects. These awards are from the state's 2018 second 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 Willamina—$495,900
  • City of Elgin—$476,400
  • City of John Day—$196,500

Community Facility Projects:

  • City of Dayville, Community Center—$1,450,000
  • Grant County, Domestic Violence Shelter—$1,500,000

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.