The City of Aberdeen hired Cary Bozeman 4 months ago to turn around the downtown and he spoke to the council last night about their three year action plan.
“I know money is the issue here. Everybody’s worried about money, but let’s not be worried about money right now.”
He said that our local unemployment rate is a double edged sword, “with demographics we have that say we’re the highest unemployment in the state, or one of them. That’s a good news/bad news thing. The good news is, people understand we have economic challenges and they’re willing to help. The bad news is, we have a high unemployment rate. But, good news is, people are willing to help.”
Bozeman also read sections of a report about revitalizing Aberdeen from 1968, and he says it was on point even back then.
He said the report points to issues of many travelers just passing through the town without stopping on their way to the beaches or Olympic National Forest.
“The city has the advantage of being so situated that all roads lead through from Southwest Washington, Northwest Oregon, and the densely populated Puget Sound area. It’s so true. It’s amazing that everyone comes over to that one area.
Bozeman said the City has to do something.
“I know people are scared about the risk, the financial risk, but there’s more risk in not doing anything.”
The three year action plan includes a downtown riverfront park, gateway center, and traffic opportunities. Each project has a list of potential partners to help with funding,