I was disappointed to hear, during the Chamber of Commerce meeting, that due to budget cuts, the city would lose its Economic Development Director position. Doreen Booth, who currently fills that position has been with the city for many years.
Its really sad to see this position go, especially since the economy is relatively weak. While lots of new businesses have come on line with the new commercial spaces that have been built, I'm sensing a bit of a slow down lately. There are quite a few empty spaces for lease in new and old buildings, and there are at least 3 local businesses for sale (all 'restaurants'). Since Duvall is primarily a bedroom community for Redmond/Microsoft, I think that the local economy will stay fairly strong and the recent slow-down is temporary. Time will tell, but I hate to think the city is focussing LESS on the needs of business development.
Fortunately, the Chamber of Commerce has been good about supporting local businesses. As long as that group remains focussed, we should do OK.
Anyway, Doreen... good luck in the future and we'll miss you!
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