What do a walk on the beach, a good book, economic recovery and the tenth anniversary of 9-11 have in common?
All will be featured on this afternoon’s Our Town on KCST.
It’s been two full years since the recession officially ended and things are still tough in Florence. Building permit applications are virtually nil, the 2010 census showed a population reduction and retail businesses, dependent on the extra kick that comes in August are coming off one of the worst summer seasons many can remember.
What can be done to add life to the local economy? Florence Mayor Phil Brubaker has an idea or two. He along with Nola Xavier, City Councilor and chair of the Florence Urban Renewal Agency, will be on Our Town this afternoon to talk about a $2.5-million infrastructure upgrade project in the Old Town area that will begin this fall. They’ll be joined by Ron Green, Chief Credit Officer for Oregon Pacific Bank.
Also on the program will be information about the upcoming Habitat for Humanity Beachwalk and the Florence Festival of Books. The program will also feature interviews with two area fire chiefs and their recollections of September 11th, 2001.
The program airs this afternoon, four to six pm, on 106.9 KCST.