Enterprise Community Profile

108 NE First, Enterprise, OR 97828
Phone 541-426-4196 • Fax 541-426-3395
Web Page http://www.enterpriseoregon.org/City/index.htm • E-Mail: cityent@eoni.com

City Location

County(ies): Wallowa    Incorporated in 1889
Location: Northeast Oregon
Nearest Major Highway and Distance: Hwy 82 | local
Nearest Major City and Distance:
La Grande | 65 miles, Estimated Drive Time: 70 minutes
Distance to Portland: 324 miles

Source: Oregon Department of Transportation, State of Oregon Map; Oregon Blue Book

Recreational Amenities

Enterprise Oregon is in one of the most beautiful settings on the planet. Wide open grassy meadows surround the town, pine forests to the north and the incredible Wallowa Mountains to the south. It's an outdoor paradise. Full food, lodging and automotive services are available. It has also become one of the centers for western bronze art. A foundry and several artists are in the area. There are several places to access the Mountains but the most popular is through Joseph to Wallowa Lake. At the south end of the lake is a great recreation area. An ol' lodge, cabins, camping and a tramway to the top of the mountain. Other information available at: http://www.oregonstateparks.org/park_27.php www.wallowacountychamber.com Planning a vacation or a tour through this area of Oregon? Visit the Oregon Tourism Commission's web site at http://www.traveloregon.com/ for more information

Planning a vacation or a tour through an area of Oregon? Visit the Oregon Tourism Commission's web site at http://www.traveloregon.com/ for more information.

Source: City Administration, local chamber of commerce, local convention and visitor bureau


Elevation: 3,880'      Measurement Location: Enterprise

Monthly Ave. Low: 12°F           Monthly Ave. High: 78°F
Hottest Month: July                  Coldest Month: December
Driest Month: September                     Wettest Month: May
Average annual precipitation: 15.530"

Humidity (Hour 10, local time):
Average July afternoon humidity: 34%
Average January afternoon humidity: 77%

Source: Oregon Climate Service

Information in the Community Profiles was derived from many sources, including local, state and federal sources. The Oregon Business Development Department cannot accept responsibility for errors or omissions. Questions and comments may be directed to the department by telephone 503-986-0123, by fax 503-581-5115 or by email biz.info@state.or.us.

Profile Topics

Community Age Groups
Industries and Products
Demographic Data
5 Largest Employers
Economic Development Orgs
Financial Institutions
Business Taxes
Public Safety
Community Communications
Water Supply
Wastewater Treatment System
Natural Gas & Electrical

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City of Enterprise1,905 1,895 1,945 1,945
Wallowa County 6,911 7,226 7,130 7,140
Sources: 1990, 2000 US Census; 2205, 2006 Center for Population Research and Census, Portland State University. 0 indicates data is unavailable.

Wallowa County 3,153 sq miles   2 persons/sq mile Sources: figures based on 2006 PSU population estimates;
Oregon Bluebook county square mileage

Community Age Groups

Under 5 years0 166 137 85

5-19 years0 0 408 409

20-44 years0 0 610 491

45-64 years0 0 372 514

65+ years0 375 378 396

Median Age36 0 37 43.8

Source: US Census, 0 or N/A indicates data is not available. Median value is the middle value, not an average.


Total Housing Units1970198019902000Median Value of
Housing, 2000
City of Enterprise541 768 872 933 $96,100
Wallowa County 2,463 3,297 3,755 3,900 $111,300

City of Enterprise 2000 Housing Breakout:Also visit Housing and
Community Services Web Site:
Vacancy Rate:13.29%
Median Owner Cost

Owner Occupied:547

Renter Occupied:274
Median Gross Rent:$614

Source: US Census. Median value is the middle value, not an average.

Economic Development and Employment

Principal Industries of the County(ies):
Wallowa County—Forestry

Source: Oregon Employment Department, Covered Employment and Payroll Reports, 1998

Agricultural Products of the Area (Top 3 largest gross farm sales):
Wallowa County—Cattle and calves, hays and forage, specialty products

Source: Oregon State University, Extension Economic Information Office

Total Number of Manufacturing Companies in the County:
Wallowa County 31

Source: Oregon Employment Department, Covered Employment and Payroll Reports, 1998

Total Number of Manufacturing Companies in the City: 11
Source: City Administration

Economic Indicators

Wallowa CountyOregon


Labor Force3,3743,4671,802,9381,793,7731,840,133
Total Employment1,715,4531,679,9141,701,390
Unemployment Rate10.8%9.3%4.9%6.3%7.5%
Non-Farm Payroll Employment2,2502,3401,606,8001,596,1001,572,500
Total Covered Employment2,2122,3311,607,9441,596,9431,573,083
Total Covered Payroll
($ thousands county/
$ millions state)
Ave. Annual Payroll Per Employee$22,860$25,669$32,776$33,202$33,684
Number of Business Units371382108,432111,353113,097
Total Personal Income ($ millions)$161,750$177,564$94,999$98,500$101,358
Annual Per Capita Personal Income$$25,076$27,649$28,40028,792
Assessed Value of Property ($ millions)$0$608$198,911$210,435$219,878
Residential Construction
  Building Permits
  Value ($ thousands)





Travel Expenditures ($ millions)$0$21,600$6,133$6,128$6,208
Travel-Related Employment055089,80091,10090,200

 Preliminary Data
Sources: Oregon Employment Department; Center for Population Research & Census, PSU; U.S. Census Bureau; Bureau of Economic Analysis; Oregon Tourism Commission; Oregon Department of Revenue; Oregon Economic and Community Development Department.

5 Largest Employers, Public and Private as of July, 2008

Employer—Product/ServiceNumber of
Federal Government, USFS NRCS—Natural Resource Management 110

Wallowa Memorial Hospital—Health Care 108

Wallowa County —Government 60

Wallowa County Grain Growers—Agricultural Supplies 30

Terminal Gravity—Brewery 21

Source: City Administration

Oregon Employment Labor Market Information

This link takes you to the Oregon Employment Department, Labor Market Analysis database. County information can be obtained here. http://olmis.emp.state.or.us/—Click on Regional Information.

Local and Regional Economic Development Organizations

City of Enterprise—http://www.enterpriseoregon.org/City/index.htm 541-426-4196

Enterprise Hometown Improvement Group 541-426-4196

Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce—http://www.wallowacountychamber.com 541-426-4622

Northeast Oregon Development District—http://www.neoedd.org/ 541-426-3598

Economic & Community Development Department Regional Development Officer—http://econ.oregon.gov/ 541-963-8676

Source: City Administration, local chamber of commerce, Oregon Economic and Community Development Department


Public and Private Schools K–12

Public School District:
Enterprise School District 21
201 SE 4th
Enterprise, OR 97828-1350
Phone: 541-426-3193
Fax: 541-426-3504
E-mail: beggers@mail.enterprise.k12.or.us

Staff and Enrollments:
District Certified Staff: reported October 2000—36
Total District Enrollment: reported October 2001—482

Other Schools in the School District (Private, Parochial)
To see if there are private and/or parochial schools in this district please visit http://www.ode.state.or.us/pubs/directory/

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Oregon Community Colleges and Public Universities

Oregon map with higher ed institutions identified

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For a list of public and private educational institutions in Oregon visit http://www.oregon4biz.com/ed.htm.


Oregon Economic and Community Development Department Workforce Advocate 503–986–0207, or visit http://www.oregon4biz.com/workforce.htm. Locate local workforce assistance at http://www.worksourceoregon.org/.

Financial Information

Financial Institutions

Commercial Banks: 3   Savings and Loans: 0   Credit Unions: 0

Source: City Administration


Sales Tax Oregon has no general sales tax.

Property Tax
Property—Who pays? Owners of real and business personal property, according to the assessed value of taxable residential, commercial, farm, industrial, utility and timber property.

County assessors use permanent rates set for all taxing districts in fiscal year 1997–98, when taxes were significantly reduced with a statewide average 17 percent cut in tax levies. Certain types of levies are outside this reduction. The tax rates cannot exceed $15 per $1,000 of real market value. For 1997–98, all property was valued by county assessors at 90 percent of the July 1, 1995, levels. For subsequent years, assessed values are limited to a 3 percent annual growth rate. Construction since July 1, 1995, is valued at the average rate of similar properties in the area. Business personal property requires annual filing. One–third payment is due by November 15. If fully paid by November 15, a 3 percent discount is allowed. Special exemptions, tax relief programs and deferrals are available. For more information contact the Wallowa County assessor’s office at 541–426–4543.

Tax rates are representative of the largest tax code in the city. The rates are expressed as tax liability per $1,000 of assessed property value.

Wallowa County
Average Compressed Tax Rate 1997-98$12.01
Average Compressed Tax Rate 1998-99$11.84
Average 1999 Housing Value$51,664
Ave Res Property Tax Paid on Ave House 1997-98$0
Ave Res Property Tax Paid on Ave House 1998-99$611.70
Average School rate 1998-99 . . . . . . . . $6.24

Average Non-School Rate 1998-99. . . . $9.06

Average City Rate 1998-99 . . . . . . . . . $5.01

Business Taxes
Property—see above

Income—Corporations doing or authorized to do business in Oregon pay excise tax. Corporations not doing or authorized to do business, but having income from an Oregon source, pay income tax. For more information contact the Oregon Department of Revenue, 955 Center St., NE, Salem, OR 97301, 503–378–4988, http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/.

Unemployment Insurance—Employers pay this. For 2002, new employers are assigned a fixed rate of 3 percent of taxable wage base. Tax rates for existing employers are based on employers' experience and range from 1 percent to 5.4 percent of taxable wage base. Taxes are paid quarterly and are due by the end of the month following the quarter. In 2002, the tax is paid on the first $25,000 of wages paid to each employee. The rate schedule in effect depends on the balance in the Trust Fund as of August 31 each year and the amount of revenue needed to maintain the balance at a level adequate to pay benefits. For more information contact the Oregon Employment Department, 875 Union St., NE, Salem, OR 97301, 503–947–1488, web http://www.employment.oregon.gov/.

Utilities, Railroad, Weight-mile—Who pays? All railroads and investor-owned utilities operating with the state pay an annual fee. For-hire and private motor carriers operating into, within and through the state pay weight-mile taxes. Rates—limit of .25 percent of gross operating revenues of investor-owned utilities; .25 percent charged on 2002 revenues. Limit of .35 percent on gross operating revenues of railroads; .267 percent charged in 2002 revenues. Applications, plate fees and per-mile rates dependent on declared combined weight of vehicle. For more information contact the Oregon Public Utility Commission, 550 Capitol St., NE, Suite 215, Salem, OR 97301–2551, 503–378–6611, web http://www.oregon.gov/PUC/; Oregon Department of Transportation, Rail Section, 555 13th St., NE, Salem, OR 97310–1333, 503–986–4125, web http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/RAIL/; Oregon Department of Transportation, Motor Carrier Transport Branch, 550 Capitol St., NE, Salem, OR 97301–3871, 503–378–6699, web http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/MCT/.

Oregon's Business Incentives.

Other incentives: Oregon Economic and Community Development Department: Oregon Enterprise Zone Program, business incentives/information from Business and Industry.

Motor Vehicle Licensing, Driver Licensing, Fuels—Who pays? Owners and operators of motor vehicles. Oil companies importing fuels. Truckers using Oregon highways. Fees—Registration fees, driver license fees and renewals (contact the Oregon Driver & Motor Vehicle Services division 503–945–5000, web http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/

Hunting and Fishing Licenses—contact Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, PO Box 59, Portland, OR 97207, general information 503–872–5268, licenses/tags/permits 503–872–5275, web http://www.dfw.state.or.us/.

Amusement Device Tax—An excise tax is imposed upon every person who operates an amusement device in Oregon. An amusement device is a video lottery game terminal. More information from the Oregon Lottery Commission, 500 Airport Rd SE, Salem, 97301, web http://www.oregonlottery.org/.

Emergency Communications (9–1–1) Tax—Telephone companies providing local exchange access services in Oregon Collect this tax from their customers. The tax, which is $0.75 per line per month, is reported and paid quarterly. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/.

Hazardous Substance Fee—Paid by possessors of nonpetroleum hazardous substance. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/.

Petroleum Load Fee—Paid by petroleum suppliers and importers to Oregon. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/.

Timber Severance Tax—Paid by timber owners on harvested timber’s value. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/.

Forest Products Harvest Tax—Paid on timber cut from any land in Oregon. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/.

Dry Cleaning Tax—Paid by operators of dry cleaning facilities. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/.

Alcoholic Beverages—Manufacturers and/or import wholesalers of malt beverages and wines pay a privilege tax. Manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers of distilled spirits, malt beverages and wines pay license fees. Employees who serve alcoholic beverages pay for service permits. For more information contact the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, PO Box 22297, Portland, OR 97222, 503–872–5000 or 1–800–452–6522 (in Oregon), web http://www.oregon.gov/OLCC/.

Tobacco Products—Cigarette and tobacco products distributors are required to purchase tax stamps for cigarettes or pay a percentage of the wholesale price on other tobacco products. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/.

Transit Payroll Tax–paid by employers in the Tri-Met (Portland area) and Lane Transit District (Eugene) for mass transit systems. Administered by the Department of Revenue, web http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/.

Many local governments in Oregon collect other taxes, such as hotel-motel taxes. Contact the city or county in which you are interested for more complete information about taxes in that area.

Source: Oregon Department of Revenue, “A Summary of Taxes,” January 2002; County information–County Assessor’s Office

Community Services and Resources

Public Safety/Emergency Services

Fire Station(s) serving community: Enterprise Fire Department
Number of paid and volunteer firefighters: 22
Rating by Insurance Services Organization (ISO): 5
Comments: current data
City Administration

Police Department: Enterprise Police Department
Number of paid and reserve officers: 7

Nearest Hospital and distance: Wallowa Memorial Hospital, Enterprise
Regional Hospital and distance: Wallowa Memorial Hospital, Enterprise
Emergency services to community: Ambulance Service, Life Flight Service
General Clinic(s): 1

Source: City Administration

Communications Resources

Local Newspapers: Wallowa County Chieftain

Regional Newspapers: La Grande Observer

Radio Stations: KWVR

TV Stations: Translator broadcast OPB, NBC, CBS, Fox

Available Cable Television: Crestview Cable

Telephone Service Provider(s): Verizon, Integra

Local Internet Service Provider(s): Yes
Number of Internet Service Providers: 3
Source: City Administration

Library System
1 city public library 1 County Library

Source: City Administration

Planning Service/Regulatory

Regulatory SystemYear AcknowledgedYear Last
Year of Periodic ReviewComments
Comprehensive Plan1983 1997 2003
Zoning Ordinance

Building Permit System

The State Building Codes office in Pendleton issues Building permits that are then approved by the city.
Subdivision Ordinance

Strategic Plan

Territory Covered by Zoning
Municipality Yes     County Yes
Source: City Administration

Industrial Lands
Does the Community seek industrial development? Yes
Access Statewide industrial lands database—http://www.oregonprospector.com/
Source: Economic and Community Development Department

Special Districts and Associations (ports, water, sewer, etc.)
Name of Special District and the Oregon Revised Statute it was created under:
Wallowa S.W.C.D., ORS; Wallowa Valley Improvement District #1; Lower Valley Water Improvement District; Wallowa County E.S.D.; Wallowa County Health Care District; Wallowa Lake County Service District; Wallowa R.F.P.D.

Special Districts Association of Oregon—727 Center St., NE Salem, OR 97301, 503–371–8667 or 800–285–5461 http://www.sdao.com/
Source: City Administration


Water Supply

Operator: City of Enterprise
Source: Ground Water Surface Water; Springs/Wells
Supply: Treated; Capacity (MGD)–0.70; Pressure (PSI)–0

Current Water Utilization on Meter Size (MGD): 0.70 MGD
Water Costs per thousand gallons: Base rate per/thousand =
Water Costs for Total Consumption of Residential: Based on 7,000 gallons =

Age of Water System: 1936

Water System Comment(s): There are hook up fees and other fees/permits. Water system recently improved with increased water supply. A new sewer system is being constructed in 2008-2009

Compliance Issues: None

Water debt repayment included as part of tax assessment? Data unavailable at this time.

Date of Current Master Plan:

Plans for Upgrading or Expanding:
Source: City Administration

Wastewater Treatment System

Operator: City of Enterprise          Age of Wastewater Collection System: 1916

System Design Capacity (MGD): 1.00 MGD     System Utilization (MGD): 0.70 MGD
Collection System Fees: None    Hook-up or Connection Fee: There are fees
Access Fee or System Development Fee: There are fees

Comment(s) on Wastewater System: City is in compliance with DEQ regulations.

Compliance Issues:

Date of Last Facility Plan:

Plans for Upgrade/Expansion:

Storm Drain: Yes    Storm Water Discharge Fee:
Fees or issues related to storm drains:
Source: City Administration


Is there access to broadband

If yes, check all that apply:
Microwave Fiberoptic Satellite

Is there route diversity? Yes
AccessMonthly FeeOther Fee
T1 Yes
Cable Data unavailable

For Oregon Telecommunications information and resources, visit http://www.oregon4biz.com/inn.htm.

Natural Gas—Provider:
Lines and Feed:

Rate Structure:

Plans for Upgrade/Expansion:

Electrical—Provider: Pacific Power & Light
Lines and Feed:

Rate Structure #4 Residential: $6/mo + energy charge $.05402/kwh

#25 Commercial: minimum charge $10/mo + $.55/kw; $2.25;kw over 15 kw demand charge + $.0625 first 3,000 kwh energy charge

#48T Industrial: $250 + $.50/kw for 4,000 kw or less; over 4,000 kw $440 + $.45/kw. Billing demand charge $2.77 each kw + energy charge $.03275/kwh.

Plans for Upgrade/Expansion:

Solid Waste Management: None

Permit Status:

Utility Expansion Plans:

Utilities Source: City Administration; PGE information supplied by PGE. Note: We update utility rates periodically. Actual rates may change more often than that. For the most current rate for any carrier please consult the Public Utilities Commission web site at http://www.puc.state.or.us/commsion/default.htm Click on the Statistics 200x label (x being the most recent year).


Highways Hwy 82 N/S route, local access   Transportation Access Fee: $0

Community Air Service Yes Enterprise Municipal Airport If no local service, list closest Air Facility
Air Passenger Service: No
Airport Freight Service: No
Fuel Facilities are available
Air Service Comments: Navigation Aids: NDB; runway dimensions: 12/30: 2,833' x 50'; local charter service–Spence Air Service; Local Maint. facility–D&M Aviation

Rail Service: Yes Wallowa Union RR
Freight Service: Yes    Passenger Service: No
If no local service, list closest Rail Service:

Marine No

Transportation issues which might confront development, such as non-attainment air shed, etc.:

Public Transportation Comment:

Bus Service Available in the Community: Yes Community Connection
Scheduled Bus Service Available: Yes    Buses Per Day:
Local Charter Services: Yes Moffit Brothers
Distance to Nearest Bus Service: local

Trucking Service
Scheduled Freight Carrier Services: Yes  
Overnight Express Parcel Service Available: Yes 
Overnight Express Mail Service Available: No
Transportation Comments:

For more information relating to transportation topics please visit the Department of Transportation web site. Airports (maps and general information) http://www.tripcheck.com/About/airport.htm; Bicycle and Pedestrian Route information http://www.tripcheck.com/About/bicycle.htm; Public Transportation, bus and rail http://www.tripcheck.com/About/busrail.htm.

Source: City Administration, local chamber of commerce (proprietary information)