"Oregon's Recession: Can We Consider It Over" is the title of the first forum of 2004 for the Clatsop County Economic Development Council Jan. 27 in Astoria.

Graham Slater and Erick Knoder from the Oregon Employment Department will give a fast-paced summary of economic conditions and projections for Oregon and Clatsop County at the forum.

Slater heads the Workforce and Economic Research Division and has worked for the Employment Department for 20 years. Knoder joined the agency as a regional economist last June and serves the Oregon coast. They will highlight employment and unemployment trends of 2003 and share the latest projections regarding Oregon's economic recovery.

Their presentation will explain the depth of the recession, reasons for optimism now, issues coming up in the next months and highlight similarities and differences between the Clatsop County economy and that of the state as a whole.

Open to the public, the forum will be held at the Duncan K. Law Seafood Consumer Center, 2021 Marine Drive. A no-host networking opportunity will begin at 6 p.m. Dinner featuring broiled sturgeon with roasted corn salsa will be served at 6:30 p.m. The business meeting and presentation will begin at 7:15 p.m.

Reservations are required for the dinner and must be made by 2 p.m. Jan. 22 by calling the Clatsop County Community Development Department at 325-8611. Cost for the dinner is $18. There is no charge to attend the forum without dinner.

CEDC is a county government-sponsored citizen advisory committee that promotes economic development.


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