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City working to support at-risk businesses, build 'relationships'


May 20, 2020

BLAIR LARSEN stands on the corner of 13th Avenue and Main Street, in the center of Downtown.

So what’s Sweet Home’s economic development director to do during the coronavirus pandemic shutdown?

“It’s been a whirlwind,” Blair Larsen said Friday, the first day of Gov. Kate Brown’s Phase 1 Reopening Plan.

“I was hired to do one job and suddenly that job has become something entirely different. Economic development becomes preservation, rescue.”

It’s still too early to really tell for sure how Sweet Home’s business community has weathered the economic downturn engendered by the COVID-19 restrictions.

At least one local store is reportedly shutting the doors of i...

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