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PUBLIC MONEY, PRIVATE EMPIRE: Greg Smith serves many public masters – for a price

Greg Smith appears before the Oregon Transportation Commission in February, representing two different clients of his economic development business. (Mark Ylen/Mid-Valley Media)

Greg Smith is a juggler.

In La Grande, he holds a full-time job directing Eastern Oregon University’s Small Business Development Center.  

A hundred miles away in Boardman, he has a second full-time job, serving as executive director of a consortium redeveloping the Army’s sprawling Umatilla Chemical Depot.

At the same time, he directs separate economic development programs in Harney, Malheur and Baker counties, each paying Gregory Smith and Company thousands of dollars every month for the service.

In Salem, the state representative from Heppner sits on nine legislative committees, with leadership roles in three. He earns $31,200 a year and dips into political . . .