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EDITORIAL: Time running out for Malheur County to ensure rail project

Grant Kitamura, president of the Malheur County Development Corp. (The Enterprise/file)

Malheur County’s prospect for major industrial development rests on a state decision coming in a month. No chance like this will come again anytime soon. That chance could be squandered unless the county mobilizes a new approach.

At stake is $26 million in pledged state money for the Treasure Valley Reload Center. The state is offering to fund construction of a rail shipping center outside Nyssa – but only if the center makes sense. The county has stumbled time after time in trying to make the case it does, and that has to change immediately.

The state – and the people of Malheur County – need more assurance the reload center will be the economic starter envisioned. A lot of public money is at stake.

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