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Lecture is on region's economic history

Clatsop Community College's Kevin Leahy. (Danny Miller)
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Astoria’s Economic History is the topic of the next Ales & Ideas lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in the George Lovell Showroom at Fort George Brewery, 14th and Duane streets, Astoria.

It’s a tale of booms, busts and recoveries, says lecturer Kevin Leahy, director of Clatsop Community College’s small business development center. Three advisers and coordinators at the center also will participate.

Astoria is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies, and has seen more than its share of trials and tribulations in the 217 years since its founding. Leahy and his team will use an economic lens to tell their tales about the industries that built Astoria and Clatsop County, including downtown Astoria, and attenders will learn how the community has a bright economic future.

Leahy grew up in Astoria and returned after 27 years of executive experience with May Department Stores (Meier & Frank and Robinsons-May) and six years owning his own small business. He has served as CEDR’s executive director since 2011.

The lecture series is co-sponsored by the college and Fort George.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with food and beverage service, although no purchase is required. Minors are welcome.

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