"Inch by inch, step by step, slowly we turn," was the theme of Astoria City Manager Paul Benoit's keynote address at Astoria Cooperative's annual meeting May 6 at the Cannery Pier Hotel.

Benoit is often seen as a guiding force behind development of Astoria Riverfront Revitalization Plan, development of the Astoria RiverWalk, and redevelopment of the former Astoria Plywood Mill site, all part of the "slowly we turn." Benoit encouraged co-op share owners to consider expanding the co-op's offerings to serve a broad array of downtown workers and residents.

During the business meeting, co-op shareowners elected Tracy Erfling and Merianne Myers to the board. Erfling is a naturopathic physician in Astoria; she has served as president of the Astoria Cooperative board of directors during the last year.

A Warrenton resident, Myers is a past small business owner, has served on various nonprofit boards including the Tillicum Foundation, which holds the broadcast license for KMUN-FM, and currently works for Lower Columbia Clinic in Astoria.


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