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Walden to visit Condon on August 3 for announcement of substantial federal investment in Gilliam County

Location: Washington, DC

Walden to visit Condon on August 3 for announcement of substantial federal investment in Gilliam County

Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, Dr. David Sampson, to join Walden at event announcing investment in County's Grain Quality Lab
July 27, 2004

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) will be in Condon on August 3, 2004 with Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Dr. David Sampson and Sampson's Chief of Staff Sandy Baruah, a native Oregonian, to announce a sizable federal investment toward the Gilliam County Grain Quality Lab. The award is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce's public works grant program, managed through the Economic Development Administration (EDA). The specific amount will be announced at the event.

"I am so grateful to President Bush and Secretary Evans for their commitment to the grain producers and processors, as well as the communities, in Gilliam County," said Walden. "Having Assistant Secretary Sampson and Mr. Baruah take time to join me in Condon demonstrates the value they place on the Grain Quality Lab and the important work it will do for the industry and this region."

"This investment is a tribute to the hard work and innovative ideas of those behind the Wheat Quality Initiative Project and I congratulate them on their efforts," continued Walden. "Judge Laura Pryor has been dedicated from day one to this progressive initiative and the good people of Gilliam County are fortunate to have her at their side."

The Grain Quality Lab, a component of the County's Wheat Quality Initiative Project, has several goals aimed at improving the quality and production of grain. Included in their objectives are providing information to local cereal growers, serving as a link between producers and processors, assisting processors with research & development and assisting growers with domestic and export market development.

This event is the first of an extensive five-day trip through Eastern Oregon for Walden. Following his visit to Condon, he will spend the remainder of the week in numerous forums visiting with people in Hermiston, Pendleton, La Grande, Baker City, Ontario, John Day, Burns and Frenchglen.

Congressman Walden represents the Second Congressional District of Oregon, which includes 20 counties in southern, central and eastern Oregon. He is a Deputy Whip in the House leadership structure and a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce as well as the Committee on Resources.

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