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State of the Cities

Posted on 4th October 2013 at 16:09

The people who run Kelso and Longview met yesterday with the membership of the Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce, providing a snapshot of this year’s accomplishments, along with a look at the year ahead. Chamber CEO Bill Marcum says that it’s a chance to get an inside look at what’s really going on…marcum…Longview City Manager Bob Gregory and Kelso City Manager Steve Taylor both say that they’re continuing to feel the impacts of the 2008 recession, but the picture continues to brighten. Both men say that belt-tightening and cost-cutting measures have paid off, presenting somewhat stable funding situations, though revenues continue to be pretty flat. Gregory and Taylor also say that projects are on the horizon that show better times are ahead. Gregory points to things like Harbor Freight Tools, PNW Metal Recycling, Big 5 and Furniture World as evidence that Longview’s future is brightening; Taylor says that the West Main Realignment is getting under way, also pointing to the Regal Cinemas move as a catalyst for revitalizing the Three Rivers Mall. Both men say “great things” are happening, and that the region is starting to pull out of the depths of the recent recession.