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The City of Hermiston and Chamber of Commerce today jointly issued a survey to gather broad input on two proposed community identity brand concepts. People who live or work in and around Hermiston are encouraged to take the short survey to share their opinions beginning today through Thursday, March 31.

Highway 395 Construction Project

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The Oregon Department of Transportation will be constructing upgrades along U.S. 395 in Hermiston.  Learn more about dates and times in ODOT's informational flyer HERE.

Committee Begins Work to Develop Hermiston Community Brand

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The City of Hermiston and Hermiston Chamber of Commerce joint committee to develop a Hermiston community brand started its work last week, with the next meeting scheduled for Feb. 1.

The aim of the committee’s work is to develop a community brand identity that captures the essence of Hermiston with the following broad goals: give Hermiston an identity; promote Hermiston’s livability; help attract more businesses, families and tourists to the area.

Hermiston Seeking Entrepreneurs to Consider Downtown

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The City of Hermiston is looking for regional entrepreneurs to help continue the momentum of the city’s downtown revitalization by starting a business in the heart of Eastern Oregon’s largest city.  The downtown revitalization received a major boost when a $5.3 million, 93-room hotel broke ground on December 15, 2015 on a previously vacant parcel in the center of the Hermiston Urban Renewal Area.  Now many opportunities exist for entrepreneurs interested in opening businesses which complement an upper-midscale hotel.  

City seeks Hermiston’s Future Branding Committee Applicants

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The City of Hermiston is seeking applicants to join its temporary “Hermiston’s Future Branding Committee.”  The Hermiston’s Future Branding Committee is a partnership with the City of Hermiston, Greater Hermiston Area Chamber of Commerce, and Focal Point Marketing.  The group will only meet for approximately 2 months, and is intended to assist in brainstorming ideas for a new brand and then assisting in a public engagement process which will result in a community brand for Hermiston.

1,049 Participate in Community Brand Survey

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The City of Hermiston and Chamber of Commerce community survey to provide people who live and work in and around Hermiston the opportunity to answer questions about Hermiston’s strengths and the proposed “You Can GROW Here” community brand closed Sept. 19.

More than 1,000 people shared their thoughts by completing the survey at or by filling out a hard copy of the survey. Survey highlights include:

Hermiston’s Strengths

Take the 'Livable Hermiston' Survey

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The City of Hermiston wants to know what kinds of community assets its residents would like to see added, enhanced, or improved to make Hermiston an even better place to live.  Residents are encouraged to take a short 2-minute survey at HERE to get their thoughts included in the community’s long-range planning process to increase livability.  A Spanish-Language version of the survey is also available HERE.

ODOT Installing Temporary Barriers near 395 & Elm Intersection

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Short-term road work on U.S. 395 at Elm in Hermiston will prepare road for future improvements

Notices Mailed to Property Owners About Marijuana Ban

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More than 1,700 property owners in Hermiston will soon receive a letter from the City of Hermiston with the ominous language that a proposed ordinance, “may affect the value of your property.”  The notice regards a proposal to specifically ban marijuana related activities in all zoning designations throughout the city, and the reference to property values is a standard requirement which cities must meet for certain land use decisions.  In this case, every property in the city where c

Hermiston Seeks Community Livability Asset Oversight Committee Applicants

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The City of Hermiston is seeking applicants to join it’s temporary “Community Livability Asset Oversight Committee.”  Applications are available at Hermiston City Hall, and HERE, and are due no later than 5 p.m. October 2, 2015.

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