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By Scott Swanson
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Community leaders focus on implementing rural economic development plan


November 22, 2016

Photo by Miriam Swanson SCOTT MCDOWELL, center, leads a discussion on the rural Linn County economy at Boulder Falls Center.

How to develop the lagging economies of rural Linn County communities: That was the issue on the table Thursday, Nov. 17, as leaders from around the county met at Boulder Falls Center in Lebanon.

Some 60 economic development specialists, civic and community leaders spent three hours discussing how to transform rural Linn County into a leading rural region for livability and economic growth.

At the center of the conversation, facilitated by Lebanon native John Morgan, now of Salem, was a 24-page Rural Linn Economic Development proposal created over the last two years by graduates of the F...

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