Land acquisition Development Corporation

UCEDC was founded by a group of civic leaders who recognized the need for the public and non-profit sector to facilitate the acquisition and improvement of lands for industrial and manufacturing businesses. The costs and timeline for bringing appropriately zoned and improved properties to the market for businesses development was out of the reach of the private sector. Land acquisition and improvement is an important function for UCEDC as it strives to improve the local economy through investment and job creation.

Baum Industrial Park

UCEDC began with the acquisition of the future Baum Industrial Park in 1989. The Baum Park comprises approximately 150 acres zoned heavy industrial by Union County and is locatedabout 1.5 miles east of the City of Island City on State Highway 82. The Baum Industrial Park has installed roads and utilities. Today, the Baum Industrial Park is home to companies such as Crisp Colors, Eagle Cap Steel & Supply, HNS. Boise Cascade Particleboard Plant and Eagle Carriage and Machine.

La Grande Business & Technology Park

In 2002 the UCEDC acquired a parcel of land situated at the intersection of Gekeler Lane and Hwy 30 in La Grande. The intent of the purchase was to provide industrial and manufacturingproperty for development. In 2005 the land holdings was increased with the purchase of an adjacent parcel of land measuring 14+ acres. In 2005 the UCEDC property and an adjacent parcel of land owned by the City of La Grande Urban Renewal District were incorporated into the La Grande Business & Technology Park. The Business Park contains 62 acres, is zone Business Park by the City of La Grande and has access and utilities installed to the platted lots. The La Grande Business & Technology Park is certified “shovel ready.” UCEDC is the marketing agent for the Business Park.

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