The Hidden Gem of Central Oregon for Business
About Sunriver/La Pine
La Pine is a growing community located just 30 minutes south of Bend – the region’s economic center – on US Highway 97. With 18,000 year-round residents, the city offers affordable living costs and proximity to year-round recreation, as well as incentives for locating your industrial or commercial venture. The LaPine Industrial Park contains 150 available acres with state-certified parcels, shovel-ready for building, complete with in-place curbside infrastructure – water, sewer, power, and fiber optic internet services.
La Pine is also only 17 miles from Sunriver, a world-renowned resort community with an airport and other extensive amenities for both visitors and residents. Together, La Pine and Sunriver are the magnets of the southern part of Deschutes County, with a total of 160,000 residents. The two communities are close to lakes, reservoirs, rivers, and landmarks (including the Newberry Volcanic Monument and Crater Lake) for plenty of outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, fishing, boating, and other sports.
Sunriver/La Pine Area Director
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Why Sunriver/La Pine?
- Business Incentives – La Pine offers easy permitting, affordable land that is buildable with minimal obstructions, and a state-qualified Rural Enterprise Zone, which provides for up to 15-year property tax relief for qualifying businesses.
- Commercial/Industrial building and land vacancy – Retail and service business building units and extensive buildable land within the surrounding landscape
- La Pine Industrial Park – An ideal host to industries like data center and call center operations.
- Transportation Advantage – La Pine parallels U.S. Hwy 97 running from Northern California to the Canadian border. From 2015 to 2020, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is investing millions in roadway and landscaping improvements while the city is expanding urban renewal projects to uplift area amenities.
- Infrastructure – Running approximately parallel to La Pine are energy transmission lines from the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), Cascade Natural Gas. Burlington Northern Railroad runs nearby with a side rail into the city’s major industrial park. Midstate Electric Cooperative connects to low-cost BPA hydroelectric power. Highly available power is both plentiful and reliable with uptime estimated at greater than 99.999%. Over 10 megawatts are available now, expandable as needed. The La Pine Industrial Park is covered within the BendBroadband fiber loop surrounding Central Oregon. The park is provided with high-speed Internet from any of three Internet Service Providers for redundancy.
I’m passionate about EDCO and economic development because…
It is an organization that, though very small compared to the regional economy, has the ability to positively influence it by improving the quality and quantity of jobs as well as the diversification of employers operating here.
The EDCO project I’m most proud of…
The team we have at EDCO – staff and board members that have made and are making this regional-local experiment in Central Oregon a model for economic development in our part of the U.S. It is amazing how much more we are accomplishing together as a region that we ever could independently. That accomplishment really translates into a brighter future for our residents.
I live in Central Oregon because…
Of the people and all the region offers in the way of amenities (health care, culture, food & beverage, education) and easy access to outdoor recreation (skiing, fishing, backpacking, horseback riding, cycling, etc). There are few places in the country that are “communities of choice” where amazing people from across the world have a made the conscious decisions, even sacrifices, to live. Professionally and personally it’s energizing and enriching to cross paths with residents who are so passionate about the place they live.
When I’m not working, you’ll find me…
You will find me busy with something! In addition to being outside doing anything with my wife and two children, I’m a music hound, rock hound, landscaper, dry stack mason, woodworker, and historic home renovator.
My Central Oregon happy place is…
Spending time with my kiddos and beautiful wife, Kristen.
My favorite local beverage is…
A tough one – there are so many! Being a 25-year cider veteran, I’m partial to Red Tank’s Happy Apple and Atlas’ Apple Cider, but Oregon Spirit Distillers’ Absinthe is probably my favorite.