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Smith out as Linn County resets search for rail project operator

Greg Smith, Malheur County’s economic development director, speaking to county commissioners at the Malheur County Courthouse in December. (The Enterprise/File)

ALBANY – Greg Smith, Malheur County’s economic development director, is no longer managing a rail shipping project for Linn County and officials have started over on finding a company to operate its terminal.

Smith, through his firm Gregory Smith and Company, has played the same role in Linn County that he does in Malheur County. He worked with Linn County’s economic development entities to propose a rail shipping center in Millersburg, adjacent to Albany.

As in Nyssa, that project relied on state funding. Smith’s company worked for Linn Economic Development Group through October 2018 and was paid $158,000. Economic development officials said he was continued month to month at $10,000 a . . .