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State of Commerce in Tuolumne County

Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce President George Segarini continues to monitor what he sees as signs of a slow economic turnaround in Tuolumne County.

Segarini was Thursday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”.


“We are no longer in a situation where we are losing more chamber members than we gain,” said Segarini. “We are nearly equal in the amount of businesses gained and lost.” 


Segarini added, “Sales tax revenue within the county continues to slowly climb as well. So people are becoming more comfortable spending more of their dollars locally.”


A few items that Segarini is keeping a close eye on is still the potential closure of Railtown 1897 and the Mother Lode Fairgrounds.


According to Segarini, “The Fair will take place this year but there is no guarantee for next year. And it is a similar story for Railtown 1897. There should be enough funding to keep Railtown open this year, but there is no promise after July of 2013. The closure of either or both of these facilities would have a huge unfortunate impact on the economic well being of our county.”


“We will continue to work with our community leaders and state representatives to prevent that from happening,” said Segarini.


Segarini finalized, “For any local business owner, there is a constant ebb and flow, especially during difficult economic times,” said Segarini, “and the Chamber offers class workshops, advice and support for its members.”


For more economic and retail information, log onto the Chamber website at http://www.TCchamber.com


The KVML “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard each weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:45, 7:45 and 8:45am