Plateau Travel Plaza and Daimler Trucks North America earn awards for their local impact.

HOLLY M. GILL/MADRAS PIONEER - Daimler Trucks North America opened its High Desert Proving Ground in Madras in May 2017.The Central Oregon Association of Realtors presented the 42nd Annual Building a Better Central Oregon Awards Oct. 10 at Tetherow Resort, in Bend.

The awards celebrate the great contributions of businesses and residents in Jefferson, Crook, Deschutes and Harney counties to enhance their communities with outstanding new or renovated residential, commercial or industrial buildings.

More than 30 nominations were received this year and the committee of COAR members selected the following Jefferson County businesses:

- Best New Economic Opportunity: Daimler Trucks North America Test Track.

HOLLY M. GILL/MADRAS PIONEER - The Plateau Travel Plaza, owned by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, opened in March.- Most Significant Impact on Community Employment: Plateau Travel Plaza.

Nominations for the 2019 BBCO awards will open in February. For more information, visit or contact COAR at 541-382-6027 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Central Oregon Association of Realtors is the local voice in the real estate industry in Jefferson, Crook, Deschutes and Harney counties. COAR serves realtors by maintaining ethical standards, providing continuing education, promoting the value of realtors, and advocating on behalf of the real estate industry.

COAR serves the public by working to build better communities by supporting quality growth and seeking sustainable economies and housing opportunities that embrace environmental qualities, while protecting a property owner's ability to own, use, buy and sell property.

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