COVID-19 is having a big impact on local businesses. Some struggle, others thrive. And employees are caught in the middle. The long-term effect on the area’s economy is still unknown.
KSUT’s Mark Duggan checked in with two area business boosters to get a report on the state of the Four Corners economy.
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For a regional view, I spoke to Laura Lewis Marchino, Executive Director of the Region 9 Economic Development District. Region 9 encompasses Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, and San Juan Counties as well as the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute Tribes.
I also talked to Maggie Goodell with the Mancos Chamber of Commerce about ways for businesses to pivot to tactics like e-commerce in a time when foot traffic is down.
I’m reporting on the impact of the coronavirus in the Four Corners region for KSUT Public Radio. The stories and audio here were previously aired and published by KSUT. Stories are archived at Open Range News.
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