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Rep. Johnson, Sen. Portman Push to Expedite Sale of Local Army Reserve Site
Posted on: 08/01/2013
By  Mike Cullums
Sixth District Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) and US Senator Rob Portman (R-Cincinnati) have co-authored a letter urging the US General Services Administration to speed up the process of selling the former Army Reserve Center in Reno.
As we reported on July 2, the Southeastern Ohio Port Authority wants to broker the purchase of the building and property to a private entity for economic development. Port Authority Board members are considering two proposals for use of the 17-acre site.
Johnson says transforming the property is sure to create private sector jobs. He adds that, in working with the Port Authority and County Commissioners in recent years, hes found overwhelming community support to move the sale forward.
Portman says speeding up the sale of will not only help the local economy but save tax dollars, since the federal government would no longer be spending money to maintain the unused property.
Last year, Johnson and Portman successfully sped up a similar sale in Belmont County.  
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