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A True Passion for Pendleton

Steve Chrisman has served as Pendleton's Economic Development Director since July 2013. He has a diverse business background, including economic development, hospitality, real estate, property management, group sales, and marketing. Most notably, Steve spearheaded the City's effort to become an FAA-approved unmanned vehicle test range, which truly revitalized a long-struggling WWII-era airport. The Pendleton UAS Range is currently the most active UAS range on the West Coast with numerous Fortune 500 customers and tenants. Steve's passion for Pendleton runs deep, and his commitment to excellence is a big reason how Pendleton has Reinvented Rural.

Pendleton's Commitment to Excellence


The Pendleton Economic Development Department's purpose is to serve as the primary contact and guide for corporations and businesses wishing to start, relocate, expand or develop in Pendleton, Oregon.



The Pendleton Economic Development Department’s mission is to attract a new generation of innovators, support established businesses, incentivize strategic investments that improve Pendleton’s economy, and cultivate community growth.



The vision of the Pendleton Economic Development Department is to provide all of the necessary resources, information, and incentives for businesses of all sizes to continue reinventing rural in Pendleton, Oregon.

Here to Help

If you're looking to reinvent rural in Pendleton, let's connect!

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