Chamber pres: local economy gaining ‘momentum’

Cache County was a little late going into the recession or “challenged economy” as Cache Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Sandy Emile prefers to call it. Now she says we are slowly coming out it. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Wednesday, Emile said Cache is not overall a boom or bust community. But she says right now the large technology businesses are doing extremely well. She said other manufacturing businesses are starting to pick up, too. “They never really zeroed out,” Emile said, “but they’re just starting to pick up a little bit of the momentum they were noticing about four or five years ago. They’re starting to move into that mode again. “Our service industries, they are holding. They’ve been holding and I think they’re starting to see a little bit of breathing room.” Emile also expressed optimism about the area’s housing market. “We’re seeing more turnover,” she continued. “I’ve talked to three or four real estate agents lately and they’re actually starting to see the market turn.” Emile says, fortunately, the county never went to the bottom when the economy went bad but she admits some businesses do need a boost and the Chamber’s doing all it can to help.

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