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Economic Development

La Pine is a growing community located just 30 minutes south of Bend – the region’s economic center – on US Highway 97. With 1,600 in-town residents and over 16,000 people within a 20 mile trade area, the city offers affordable living costs and proximity to year-round recreation. 

La Pine is near Sunriver resort, a world-renowned 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.  Deschutes County has a total of 165,000 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.  La Pine offers a diverse mix of commercial and industrial business opportunities with north and south sections along U.S. 97, a downtown core on Huntington Road west of the highway and a sizable industrial park to the east.


Please click below for a complete La Pine, Oregon Economic Development Profile from EDCO.


The South Central Oregon Economic Development District (SCOEDD) provides financing opportunities to businesses in Klamath and Lake Counties in partnership with the Klamath Lake Regional Housing Center (KLRHC), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Oregon Business Development Department (OBDD) and the Economic Development Administration (EDA).

Please click below for Klamath and Lake Counties Economic Development Profile from SCOEDD.


Midstate Electric Cooperative

MEC's primary mission is to provide safe, reliable and cost effective utility services to its member/owners in the Central Oregon area.  MEC is also involved with the different communities it serves, offers a variety of programs for the students in the local elementary, middle and high schools, supports the local businesses and promotes economic development.  MEC offers a number of different products and services that have been developed to assist residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural member/owners. 

As a preferred customer of the Bonneville Power Administration, MEC retains first right to low-cost federally owned hydroelectric resources.  As a locally controlled utility, MEC has a significant competitive advantage in siting new businesses and has competitive electric rates far lower than most parts of the United States.


Service Class U.S. CA OR MEC
Average 2014 Electricity Rates (in cents, per kWh)
Industrial 6.67 11.93 6.15 6.45
Commercial 10.55 15.45 8.88 7.59


Click HERE For MEC Rate Schedules

Click HERE for MEC Economic Development Informational Flyer


La Pine Industrial Park

La Pine Industrial park has an available area of over 150 acres.  It makes an ideal host to various industries, particularly data centers and call center operations.  MEC is the park's anchor tenant and connects to low cost BPA hydroelectric power.  Power is extremely reliable with uptime greater than 99.999%.  Over 10 megawatts are available now and expandable as needed.  In addition to power, state certified parcels have been made build-ready, complete with water, sewer, and fiber optic internet services.  





Sources:  EDCO, U.S. Energy Information Administration


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