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Coos Bay, North Bend show 'pretty steady employment growth', economist says

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NORTH BEND, Ore. -- South coast residents are now more informed on the economic health of Coos County after renowned economists and local leaders spoke Friday.

The 25th annual economic outlook forum was held Friday morning at the Mill Casino.

The conference provided updates on current projects as well as development activity in both Coos Bay and North Bend.

An economist from the Oregon Employment Department briefed folks on the overall outlook of the Coos County economy.

"We've done pretty steady employment growth over the last couple of years,” said regional economist Annette Shelton-Tiderman. “We're projected to go slow, steady; it's a good time for the business community, ample opportunity and there's discussion about bold ideas we can develop."

Organizers say this year, the whole program revolved around bold ideas for the area.

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