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2010 Greater Hermiston Chamber Board





President’s Message


Hello! Welcome to Hermiston!

In contrast to many other areas in Oregon and nationwide, Hermiston’s economy has not seen the big downturns. Unemployment is still below the state average.  The housing market has stayed strong. New businesses are coming to Hermiston. There is no reason to believe that Hermiston’s economy will not continue to prosper. 

Whether you are new to Hermiston, or a long time resident, Hermiston has a lot to offer. If you like the outdoors, the Columbia River is just a stone’s throw away. The Blue Mountains are about 45 minutes away. These areas provide ample opportunities for boating, hiking, hunting and fishing, or just site seeing.  

Hermiston prides itself in having a great school system. Even in difficult economic times the citizens of Hermiston voted to completely rebuild three aging schools and make improvements to the other existing schools. These improvements were needed since Hermiston is the 6th fastest growing large school district in Oregon. When these new facilities open next year (2011), along with improvements in the other schools, the improve infrastructure will assist an outstanding faculty in education students in our District. Also, later this year a new University Center will be built to provide opportunities for residents of Hermiston to get a 4 year college degree without leaving town.

The Hermiston Chamber of Commerce is growing and providing more resources to its members. If you are not a member, let me invite you to join. If you are already a member, I hope you take full benefits of your membership. Remember our organization is only as good as

If you are a visitor, the Chamber of Commerce can help you in providing information about Hermiston and the surrounding area. Please do not hesitate to call our office. Our executive director, Debbie Pedro, and her staff will be glad to help in any way.

 Hermiston may be one of the best kept secrets in Eastern Oregon. Come and play and come and stay. You will soon see the opportunities our community provides your business and your family.


Philip B. Hamm

Chamber President