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Proposed Nyssa facility faces important deadline for state money

County leaders face two important deadlines to submit information about a proposed rail reload center north of Nyssa to the state this month and in May. (The Enterprise/File).

SALEM – The Oregon Transportation Commission is scheduled to decide in May if Malheur County gets more money to move ahead with a multimillion-dollar rail center north of Nyssa.

About $24 million in taxpayer dollars is on the table for the project and to get the money the county must satisfy the state that it has a terminal operator in place and that Union Pacific has agreed to start service.

The Treasure Valley Reload Center is the centerpiece of a local economic development plan to create jobs and bolster the $80 million onion industry. According to the county, the shipping center would cut costs for growers and shippers by about . . .