Tribes Host Second SiteLink Forum

April 14, 2015 CUJ

PENDLETON, OR – In May, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and it’s Coyote Business Park will be hosting the second edition of the SiteLink conference. Last year’s forum was a networking success. The tribes are excited to bring this opportunity back to the area this year.

SiteLink will convene a forum of seven internationally recognized site selectors who will make presentations on their areas of expertise. Site Selectors will meet with attendees one-on-one to provide feedback and advice on business recruitment strategies. There will be a variety of afterhours networking events, which provide individuals the opportunity to build relationships with the site selectors and regional leaders in Economic Development. Site selectors are specialists hired by companies to evaluate needs and make recommendations on the best places for business expansion or relocation.

The conference’s one-on-one meetings help attendees to take away best practices to implement in their communities and learn from Site Selectors on what they are looking for in communities. It is an opportunity to familiarize site selectors with what their community has to offer and move the community to the top of the list. Similar events occur a handful of times each year at various cities across the country in Denver, Chicago, and Orlando. What is unique about SiteLink is that it is being held in a rural community and will specifically address the challenges of business recruitment in rural areas. It is a great opportunity for the tribes, rural Eastern Oregon, and other communities from the Northwest and beyond who will be attending.

The Umatilla Tribes and Coyote Business Park are pleased to be the host site and to be one of several sponsors to include Business Oregon, PacifiCorp, and Webster Global Site Selectors, the firm primarily hosting the conference. The results of this conference will generate a strong interest about sharing this story to inform the state’s broader business community about an innovative approach to business recruitment; it will have site selectors from outside the region taking a closer look at rural Oregon.

The Umatilla Tribes are located near Pendleton, a town of approximately 17,000 residents. The tribes have approximately 2,800 members and 1,700 employees between its government and enterprise operations, with a $229 million annual budget. The Coyote Business Park has been developed over the last few years with fully served sites for light industrial and commercial development. Unique tax incentives exist on federally recognized reservations. Coyote has several well-known tenants, including Accenture, DaVita, Kenworth, three fast food chains, and the U.S. Forest Service.

More information about the site selectors and the event may be found at www.sitelinkforum.com.