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Welcome to Harney County, Oregon

Harney County, Oregon is centrally located between the large population's centers of the western states, an ideal location for both warehousing and distribution based businesses. Both local state and federal highways provide companies easy access to regional, national, and global markets. In addition, to business-friendly communities and access to abundant renewable energy including geothermal, biomass, solar, and wind, Harney County is ready for your business development. 


Harney County also has a quality of life that provides something for everyone. Located in the Oregon "high-desert" setting, it offers nearby world-class recreation including downhill skiing, fishing and hunting, hiking, and scenic beauty of the Malheur and Ochoco National Forests, as well as the breathtaking views and wide-open landscape of the Steens Mountain.

Harney County Economic Development stands ready to assist you with your business development needs. 

"We are more excited than ever to have our business climate heading in the right direction. There are so many opportunities in Harney County!"

Jen & Forrest Keady, Owners, Family Eye Care & Central Hotel

Harney County Court

                          Patty Dorroh               Pete Runnels                 Kristen Shelman

                  County Commissioner        County Judge        County Commissioner

Harney County Investment Prospectus ~ Developing our Future, the Harney County Way, November 2021

Harney County Coalition Brownfield Assessment Program

The Harney County Coalition Brownfield Assessment Program is pleased to publish the Development Opportunity Inventory provided by Cardno. Sites noted were visually identified as potential areas for redevelopment. Maps and GIS locations are included in the link above.  In addition to the Opportunity Inventory, information about the specific sites assessed in the Brownfield program is available by contacting the Harney County Economic Development office. If you believe you own commercial or business property that could benefit from a Brownfield assessment in order to be redeveloped, please contact our office.

Public Meeting Notice

Proposed U.S. EPA Brownfield Cleanup Project

Former Lincoln School, Burns OR
Date: October 25, 2022
Time: 5:30 pm – 6:30 PM
Meeting Location: Community Meeting Room, Harney County Chamber of Commerce, 484 N Broadway Ave, Burns, OR 97720
Harney County is applying for a FY2023 EPA Brownfield Cleanup Grant to assist in the environmental remediation of the former Lincoln School, located at 550 North Court Avenue, Burns, Oregon. The goal of this meeting is to inform the community regarding of the following factors or initiatives:
• The intent to apply for EPA cleanup funding to address environmental issues associated with the property
• To provide the community with and opportunity to Review drafts of the EPA grant application and Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives (ABCA) and accept comments from the public regarding the scope of the cleanup program.
Further, the public is welcome to review and to comment on the drafts of the cleanup grant application and the ABCA.
The draft documents can be viewed at Harney County Court at 450 N. Buena Vista #5, Burns OR 97720. Alternatively, you may request electronic copies of the documents from Keith Ziobron of Cardno now Stantec at
Comments will be accepted by email at through November 14, 2022.

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