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EDITORIAL: County needs audit to address economic development issues

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Malheur County’s economic development department needs to be fixed. The county agency is operating in damaging ways that threaten future job recruitment. Citizens ought to demand an outside investigation.

The Malheur County Economic Development Department is supposed to promote the county as a place to build or grow a business. The idea is that a growing economy helps us all. Citizens get employment or better jobs. The business community gets new customers. And local governments get more people paying the cost of public services.

Accomplishing any of that depends on trust. Particularly in this territory, people should expect that a person’s word is their bond, that contracts are fine but a promise made is a promise to be kept. The recent conduct within the . . .