Prineville Profile

Prineville, Oregon

Scenic overview of Prineville in Crook County, OregonNow home to Facebook and Apple, Prineville is the oldest community in Central Oregon, and one of the state's first incorporated cities. Prineville’s origins are tied to the land in agriculture, forest products, the railroad, and manufacturing. Community leaders are united in their efforts to grow and diversify Crook County’s economic base, assuring long-term vitality through the creation of family-wage jobs.

Prineville is a community with a strong identity, leaders with the town’s interests at heart and residents that are very engaged in civic activities. Spring comes earlier and Fall stays later in Prineville, making near-year round golfing a popular attraction for visitors and residents alike. Summer temperatures are typically in the upper 80s to low 90s (Fahrenheit) with lows in the 40s and 50s. Winter temperatures range from highs in the 40s to lows in the 20s. With a strong heritage in agriculture - rodeos, county fair, and outdoor recreation are very popular in Crook County. The town is also the gateway to the Ochoco National Forest, Painted Hills National Monument, and a host of lakes and reservoirs popular with boaters and fishermen.

Crook County Courthouse in Prineville OregonPrineville has a rich history of logging and wood products and known for its well-trained blue collar workforce. However, employment is concentrated in several major areas: wood products, Les Schwab, healthcare, and local government. Several ground transport companies provide excellent service and rates for transport to and from major markets. Outside the manufacturing and distribution sectors, agriculture still plays an important economic and cultural role for residents of the town and Crook County. New destination resorts offer another form of tourism and revenue for the county.

Despite the Prineville Railroad losing much of its business after the fall of the timber industry, community leaders have renewed their efforts to make it viable again. With the large railroad companies making fewer stops in smaller communities, Prineville is currently creating a Freight Depot, with the goal of becoming a regional transportation and storage hub for all of Central Oregon. The State of Oregon has awarded the Freight Depot several million dollars in grants for the project.

Another attractive aspect of doing business in Prineville is the low cost and abundance of industrial lands. Prineville boasts over 2,000 acres of industrial land, much of it ready for development, ranging in price from $0.50 sf to $2.50 sf. With large tracts of land also available, and a large supply of electric power, companies with big power requirements may consider Prineville for relocation or expansion.

Overlook to City of Prineville in Crook County OregonWith an enterprise zone and a renewable energy zone in place, Crook County offers tax incentives to qualifying companies to help offset the cost of doing business. Other state programs are also available, including the Strategic Investment Program, which offers income tax abatement.

Recent upgrades to the telecommunications infrastructure offer companies with certain technology requirements the opportunity to consider Prineville. Four different companies offer commercial and resident services with business class fiber, high speed access, and WiFi.

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Prineville Stats at a Glance

Prineville, Oregon (Crook County)
Elevation: 2868 feet
Population (July 2008) 9,235 (Prineville); 20,978 (Crook County)
Median Resident Age 34.6
Estimated Median Hh Income (2011) $79,900
Median single family home price (YTD thru Dec 2008) $94,540 (Crook County)
Average household size 2.61
Property Tax Rate 2011/12 $13.51 per $1,000 of assessed value
Assessed Property Value 2008 $1,541,855,903 (Crook County)
Telecommunications Infrastructure BendBroadband (commercial), Crestview Cable (residential & commercial), Quantum Communications (commercial), Qwest (residential & commercial)
Top Five Private Largest Employers (in 2007, in order) Les Schwab, Crook County School District, Central Oregon Trucking, Pioneer Memorial Hospital, Mid Oregon Personnel
Top 5 Crook County Taxpayers in 2011-12 (in order) Brasada Ranch, Les Schwab, Clear Pine Moulding, O'Ryan Ranches, Ochoco Lumber

Prineville Quick Links

Prineville, Oregon (Crook County)

Prineville/Crook County Economic Development, Inc. 

Russ DeboodtManager 541-233-2015
187 NE 2nd Street, Prineville OR 97754

Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO)

Roger Lee, Executive Director
705 SW Bonnett Way, #1000, Bend OR 97702

City of Prineville

387 NE 3rd Street, Prineville OR 97754

Crook County 541-447-6555
300 NE 3rd Street, Prineville OR 97754

Prineville/Crook County Chamber of Commerce

785 NW 3rd St, Prineville OR 97754

Work Source Oregon / Oregon Employment Department Office 

541-447-3119 / 541-447-8076
2321 NE 3rd Street, Prineville OR 97754

The Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC)

2363 SW Glacier Place, Redmond OR 97756

MidOregon Personnel Services

187 NW 2nd Street, Prineville OR 97754

Central Oregonian newspaper

558 N. Main Street, Prineville OR 97754

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