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Smith responds to investigative report on rail project

Malheur County’s economic development director late Wednesday issued a three-page statement responding to an investigative report by the Malheur Enterprise.

Greg Smith, a state legislator who runs a private economic development firm, explained expenses and processes involved in developing the Treasure Valley Reload Center.

“Every dollar spent towards approval of the facility is accounted for and forwarded to the county,” Smith wrote. “The reload center is within months of the fun part.”

DOCUMENT: Greg Smith statement

Smith cited as “incorrect” the Enterprise’s report that $534,000 had been spent so far planning for the Nyssa shipping center. He didn’t release a different figure, however, and didn’t disclose that he had . . .