Pendleton tries to lure drone makers


Pendleton officials are trying to lure drone aircraft manufacturers to their industrial park.

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Pendleton officials are trying to lure drone aircraft manufacturers to their industrial park.

They say it is a good area to test unmanned aircraft due to low population and a slowdown in commercial flights.

[Economic development consultant Steve] Chrisman said he and the leader of the local convention center plan a conference in Pendleton in October for drone manufacturers, and they hope to recruit participants at a similar conference in Seattle this week.

Drones have attracted the attention of economic development officials over much of Oregon, and especially in the open areas east of the Cascade Range.

Read more at The Register-Guard.

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