Community Support for More Events at EOTEC


Hermiston, Ore. – After launching an online survey last month to engage the community on the future of the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center (EOTEC), nearly 300 people have already responded voicing support for more year-round events. The survey is gathering information on what types of events people want to see in the future at EOTEC, as well as soliciting input regarding the facility amenities and policies. More than 85% of survey respondents said they would like to see more concerts at EOTEC, and over 75% would like better access to food festivals.

It’s not too late to share your ideas for the future! The project team will be gathering community ideas through the survey at through October 12th. All survey participants will be entered to win a $50 Visa gift card or family passes to the Hermiston Aquatic Center.

The City of Hermiston is using the information gathered through the survey to develop a strategic plan to guide the City in their management of the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center (EOTEC) for the next 10 years. The City in partnership with the EOTEC Advisory Committee wants to engage everyone from the community, as well as visitors from across the region. The strategic plan will utilize information from community members, EOTEC customers, and other facility users to identify shared community goals and priorities regarding future events, facility use, marketing, and policies.

In addition to the survey, the team will also be interviewing community leaders, hosting a series of focus groups, and holding a community open house this fall. For more information about the project or to get involved, visit, call (541)289-9800, or email


The City of Hermiston is a vibrant, and growing community of nearly 18,000 residents located at the cross-roads of the Pacific Northwest. Located near the intersection of Interstate 84 and Interstate 82, just minutes from a Columbia River port and the Washington state line, Hermiston is capitalizing on its strategic location as a transportation center and gateway to Oregon. To learn more about the exciting future of Eastern Oregon’s largest city, go to

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