Pendleton courts drone industry

Pendleton courts drone industry

Pendleton hosted the Northwest's conference for unmanned aerial vehicles, its latest attempt to become a leader in the drone industry.

Pendleton economic development coordinator Steve Chrisman says the city offers both open airspace and a skilled workforce. Twenty-five National Guard soldiers at the Pendleton base are trained with the RQ-7 Shadow, a drone used primarily for surveillance.

Chrisman announced economic incentives available through Umatilla County and the Horizon Project to drone technology companies who locate to the city.

Read more at KGW.