The Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center Authority Board officially issued a request-for-proposal for outside consulting services at a board meeting Friday.

The RFP is to create a contract with a qualified firm to provide the sale of the naming rights for the EOTEC facility, according to the proposal.

Sub-committee member Nate Rivera, who has a background in sports public relations, helped develop the RFP.

“Essentially we're looking for company that can put value on the trade and event center,” Rivera said.

Board member Dan Dorran is the point person for the RFP.

The deadline to submit proposals is July 6, and the board will review proposals between July 9 and 12.

Presentations of the proposals are scheduled tentatively for July 27.

The selected firm will be required to develop a "thorough naming rights strategy" as well as point out what the board can sell for sponsorship.

From the police beat, Hermiston Police Chief Jason Edmiston announced at a public safety meeting the department has applied for a grant from the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators that would supply the office with a drop box for unwanted medications.

If approved for the approximately $800 grant, the drop box would be placed in the police station lobby and would promote efficiency in the office with less reports.

The station would then incinerate the medications.

If the department is not awarded the grant, Edmiston said he will pursue buying a similar drop box because of the potential to cut down on personnel costs.

Edmiston also said about $2,500 is obligated toward the continuing education of several officers on staff.

On an end note, congratulations to all who participated in Relay for Life at the Umatilla Fairgrounds this weekend. Thanks for being involved in a great cause.

Have something you want to included in the Hermiston Herald? Holly Dillemuth can be reached at hdillemuth@hermistonherald.com.

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