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Hermiston Announces "You Can GROW Here"

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The Hermiston Futures Task Force and the City of Hermiston are announcing a new vision for the city’s identity.  That identity is embodied by growth in all of its forms, and has led to the new branding campaign and wordmark, “Hermiston: you can GROW here,” which was revealed to the public during the Umatilla County Fair Parade on Saturday.

The brand is intended to be used by businesses, groups, and residents of the area to allow them to easily associate themselves with this vibrant and growing community.  The objective in offering this brand for use by the community is to create a broad-based recognition of the people, products, and opportunities in Hermiston. Those interested in using the brand can visit the City of Hermiston website at

Widespread usage of the brand is the goal, while use of this Collective Membership Mark will be limited by design standards which ensure the integrity of the brand.

“This brand gives us an identity that isn’t tied to any specific entity.  This allows it to be very flexible in its use,” said Mark Morgan, Hermiston Futures Task Force member.  “This brand can be used to appeal to businesses looking at the area, by existing businesses looking to differentiate their product by associating it with Hermiston, and any number of different ways.”  The new brand will not replace the City of Hermiston’s existing “watermelon” logo, Morgan said.

"Hermiston: you can GROW here,” is a very versatile brand which can be applied across all of the social, economic, and personal aspects of the Hermiston area.  Small businesses can find ample opportunities in this region on the growing wave of development.  Big businesses continue to take advantage of Hermiston’s world-class growing climate for countless agricultural products.  Families enjoy watching their children grow in a large community that has maintained its hometown feel and support of top-quality education.  Students in Hermiston can continue their growth from the many new K-12 schools up through college and Masters-level courses which are all available without leaving town.  All of these aspects went into the development of the brand and wordmark by the Hermiston Futures Task Force.

Hermiston’s population has grown by more than 36% since 2000, and the area has maintained relatively strong economic growth even throughout “the Great Recession.”  Community leaders came together to plan for continued growth after the 2010 U.S. Census showed Hermiston as the largest city in eastern Oregon.  The Hermiston Futures Task Force was born, and one of the top priorities that the group heard from the community was the need to establish an identity befitting the growing community.

The Futures Task Force brought together community members from a broad range of backgrounds to tackle the issue of pinpointing Hermiston’s identity.  The Community Identity Sub-Group is made up of 17 Hermiston area leaders in agriculture, healthcare, industry, tourism, media, education, and economic development.  The resounding message from the year-long discussion of the group was, “you can grow here.”

National Night Out

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On Tuesday, August 6, 2013, neighborhoods throughout Hermiston are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “30th  Anniversary of the Annual National Night Out”
crime/drug prevention event. From 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., residents throughout the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on your outside lights, and spend the evening outside with your neighbors, police and firefighters. 

National Night Out is designed to:

  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;
  • Generate support for and participation in local anti-crime
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community
    partnerships; and
  • Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods
    are organized and fighting back.

Contact Officer Sandoval to join our celebration! Phone: (541) 567-5519 Fax no.: (541) 567-8469 or

Participation Form Available Here as PDF


Notice of Meeting of the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center Authority Board

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Contact:  Chet Prior, Chairman, EOTEC Authority Board

Notice of Meeting of Eastern Oregon Trade & Event Center Authority Board

The Eastern Oregon Trade & Event Center Authority Board will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Friday, July 26, 2013 at 7:00 a.m. in the  Dennis D. Doherty Conference Room at the Stafford Hansell Government Center, 915 S.E. Columbia Drive, Hermiston, Oregon.


Eastern Oregon Trade & Event Center Authority Board

Regularly Scheduled Meeting

Council to Consider Dispatch Consolidation August 12

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The Hermiston City Council will consider a move to consolidate Hermiston's emergency dispatch services with the Umatilla County Sheriff's Department at its August 12 regular meeting.

Prescription Drug Discount Program Working Well

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A report released by the National League of Cities (NLC) shows that Hermiston residents taking advantage of a free prescription drug discount card are reaping the benefits.  The program, sponsored by NLC, was launched in Hermiston in February, 2013.  The report shows that through the end of May, users have saved an average of $12.93 per month on prescriptions, which equals about a 14% savings.

Print a free card HERE.

Hermiston "Identity" Photo Contest Announced

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The City of Hermiston and the Hermiston Futures Task Force need your help to establish the area’s identity as a place where growth takes many forms. One of the best ways to tell that story is through pictures. The City and the Task Force are now announcing the Hermiston Futures Task Force Photo Contest. The contest winners will be announced during the 2013 Umatilla County Fair when the Futures Task Force reveals its vision for Hermiston’s identity.

City Awarded for Excellence in Financial Reporting

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The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of Hermiston by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).  The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

Urban Renewal Agency Sends Plan to Other Taxing Entities

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The Hermiston Urban Renewal Agency voted Monday to forward the Draft Downtown Urban Renewal Plan and the Draft Downtown Urban Renewal Report to the taxing entities which would be affected if an Urban Renewal District is created in the city.  Any recommendations made by the taxing entities can be accepted, modified or rejected by the Hermiston City Council when it holds a public hearing on the plan August 12.  The drafts of the plan and report are available on the City of Hermiston website at

Summer Lunch Program Underway

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All children 18 years and younger can come to these locations and have a nutritious summer meal at no cost!

When: Monday - Friday / June 17th - August 16th

NO Service on July 4th


Butte Park - 12:00-12:30pm

Aquatic Center - 12:15-12:45pm

Rocky Heights Elementary - 12:30-1:00pm

Victory Square - 12:45-1:15pm

Bliss - 12:15--12:45pm

Hermiston Police News: Social Media

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There have been numerous stories discussed on social media regarding alleged kidnappings within the last week.  The following brief synopsis is where the Hermiston Police Department is at:

On the 15th of June 2013, this department initiated an Information Report regarding an incident that took place at Wal-Mart in Hermiston.  The initial report was regarding a suspicious male.  After investigating the matter to include watching video footage, a black male is observed saying something to a child, pointing in a direction, and then continue to walk in the opposite direction of the child.  The entire encounter was approximately 3 seconds.

On the 17th of June 2013, this department initiated an Information Report regarding an incident that took place at Wal-Mart in Hermiston.  The initial report was regarding an interaction between two adult females.  One of the females had a 9 month old child inside the main section of a shopping cart and the other female is reported to have tried walking away with the shopping cart.  When the female was confronted (some two body lengths away) she quickly apologized for having the wrong cart.  Extensive video footage was reviewed but the interaction was not in an area under surveillance.  It is not known if the female (described as white with dirty blonde hair in her 40’s) even knew there was a child in the cart.

On the 19th of June 2013, this department initiated an Information Report regarding an incident that reportedly took place in the 200 block of SW Butte Drive.  What was reported to us is “12 year old daughter was walking home when a black male driving a white van with tinted windows and bars in the back stopped and got out, he was walking towards her, she started walking faster, she then ran to a neighbor’s residence”.  There was no interaction between the unknown male and the child.

"Social media can be an incredible tool for law enforcement to utilize.  Unfortunately it can also lead to misinformation.  If we had pertinent information that led us to believe abductions were attempted, we would at a minimum issue a public alert seeking assistance.  We are not at that point based on what has been reported to us," reports Chief of Police Jason Edmiston.

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