La Pine – the Hidden Gem of Central Oregon for Business
Location and Setting
Our community is along U.S. Hwy 97, 30 minutes due south of Bend, Central Oregon’s regional hub of over 80,000 residents. La Pine has approximately 18,000 year-round residents within a 20 mile radius of the city limits. Just a few miles north of La Pine, Sunriver is an established resort community with an airport and other extensive amenities for both visitors and residents. Collectively, La Pine and Sunriver are the magnets of the southern part of Deschutes County, which has a total of 160,000 residents.
La Pine and Sunriver are near lakes, reservoirs, rivers and landmarks including the Newbery Monument and Crater Lake for plenty of outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, fishing, boating, and other sports.
La Pine has negotiable business incentives, scalable to suit your location or expansion needs. The city offers easy permitting, land that is both affordable and buildable with minimal obstructions, plus is a state-qualified Rural Enterprise Zone, which provides for up to 15 year property tax relief for qualifying businesses.
From 2015 to 2020, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) are investing millions in roadway and landscaping improvements while the city are expanding urban renewal projects to uplift area amenities.
Commercial business opportunities exist within the seven square mile city limit and surrounding areas. Retail and service business building units are available for occupation now, with extensive available buildable land within the surrounding landscape.
La Pine parallels U.S. Hwy 97 running from Northern California to the Canadian border. Also running
approximately parallel to La Pine are energy transmission lines from the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), Cascade Natural Gas lines, and Burlington Northern Railroad runs nearby with a side rail into the city’s major industrial park.
La Pine Industrial Park
La Pine boasts an extensive industrial park area of over 150 available acres. It includes state-certified parcels, shovel-ready for building, complete with in-place curbside infrastructure – water, sewer, power and fiber optic internet services. The park makes an ideal host to industries sectors of advanced manufacturing, high technology, specialty food and beverage, data center and call center operations.
Land parcels in the park range in size from 2 acres to 40 acres and are affordably priced—offering one of the most competitive cost per square foot figures in Oregon, subject to negotiation.
Midstate Electric Cooperative, the park’s anchor tenant, connects to low cost BPA hydroelectric power. Highly available power is both plentiful and reliable with uptime estimated to be greater than 99.999%. There are 30 megawatts available to serve tenants in the park.
The La Pine Industrial Park is covered within the Bend Broadband fiber loop surrounding Central Oregon. The park is provided with high speed Internet from any of three internet service providers for redundancy.
For assistance, please contact:
Patricia Lucas, CEcD
Sunriver/La Pine Area Director
Tel: (541) 536-1432
Business Development in La Pine
La Pine is experiencing strong growth in new businesses as the demand for additional services provides excellent opportunities for entrepreneurs. Many existing businesses are relocating in La Pine to larger facilities or expanding current sites to meet those needs.
Light industrial businesses that complement La Pine’s clean, rural lifestyle are beginning construction plans in the Newberry and Finley Butte business and industrial parks located on the east side of La Pine. These well-planned facilities located close to Central Oregon’s north-south highway corridor and rail facilities are attracting industries that can offer family-wage jobs for La Pine residents. Many businesses in other Oregon communities and out of state are expressing strong interest in La Pine’s livability, accessibility and the lower cost of property acquisition.
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Small Business Development
Central Oregon Community College Small Business Development Center