Malheur County Court hears that county will make back any industrial investment

Greg Smith, Malheur County’s economic development director, talks to county commissioners at the Malheur County Courthouse on Wednesday, Dec. 11. Beside him is his assistant, John Braese. (The Enterprise/Joe Siess)

VALE – For the first time last week, top county leaders explained why they endorsed a plan to use taxpayer funds to buy a piece of real estate north of Nyssa to make way for new industrial development.

The Malheur County Court’s session on Dec. 11 attracted a large crowd that listened to Greg Smith, county economic development director, give county Judge Dan Joyce and County Commissioners Don Hodge and Larry Wilson an update on efforts to turn farm land into an industrial complex anchored by the Treasure Valley Reload Center.

The Malheur Enterprise also live streamed the meeting over Facebook . . .