Pendleton, OR -

Pendleton is trying to land the drone industry.

The East Oregonian newspaper reports the city hosted the Northwest's conference for unmanned aerial vehicles on Wednesday and Thursday in hopes of becoming a leader in the industry.

Pendleton economic development coordinator Steve Chrisman says the city offers both open airspace and a skilled workforce. Twenty-five National Guard soldiers at the Pendleton base are trained with the RQ-7 Shadow, a drone?used primarily for surveillance.

Chrisman announced economic incentives available through Umatilla County and the Horizon Project to drone technology companies who locate to the city.

Umatilla County would grant $100,000 to a company that meets economic and employment benchmarks, while the Horizon Project loan would have an interest rate of 2 percent or less.