(McMinnville, OR) – The McMinnville Economic Development Partnership (MEDP) announced today that the organization has received a donation from the McMinnville Industrial Promotions Board of Directors in honor of the many contributions that Harold Heller made to the McMinnville community. Mr. Heller passed away this past April.

“Harold was a visionary,” said Carol Granger, a member of the McMinnville Industrial Promotions (MIP) Board of Directors. “He was committed to a long-term approach to economic planning.”

McMinnville Economic Development Partnership is a public/private non-profit organization supported by contributions and investments from local partners. MEDP’s mission is to grow and retain existing businesses and create valuable development resources in the community.

“We felt this contribution to our city’s economic development organization would be a great way to honor our longtime friend and supporter Hal Heller,” stated MIP President Doug Hurl.

This year MEDP is adding a VISTA Volunteer position to help develop the plus-phase of their successful McMinnville Business Pulse program.

Kelly McDonald, McMinnville Economic Development Partnership Board Member, noted, “The work we are doing today is possible because of people like Mr. Heller. We are benefiting today from his thoughtful insight and strong leadership over the years.”

About MEDP

To learn more about the McMinnville Economic Development Partnership, contact Jody Christensen at 503.474.0544 or info@McMinnvilleEDP.com.

The partnership includes the City of McMinnville, McMinnville Water & Light, McMinnville Industrial Promotions, McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce, Yamhill County and area businesses.  To learn more about MEDP, visit www.McMinnvilleEDP.com.