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Truckee council to look at economic future of Sierra town

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Some say the local economy could one day return to a booming construction and real estate market it once was earlier this century.

But the town isnand#8217;t counting on it.

and#8220;Weand#8217;ve got a two-pronged approach and#8212; bringing in new business and bolstering tourism and#8212; because it looks pretty apparent weand#8217;re not shifting back to a construction and real estate economy anytime soon,and#8221; said Town Manager Tony Lashbrook.

On Thursday, town council will consider implementing a draft 2010 Economic Development Work program.

and#8220;We have tourism, but how can we broaden it so itand#8217;s not just at the peaks, but rolls into the shoulder seasons?and#8221; Lashbrook said.

That could involve things like trails, that not only attract tourists, but also improve quality of life for locals, he said. A whole slew of programs, from homebuyers assistance to environmental improvements, aim to attract more entrepreneurs to live and work in town.

and#8220;Weand#8217;ll never be able to compete with the Renos and the Central Valley towns in providing office, production or warehouse space, so we have to attract businesses with quality of life,and#8221; Lashbrook said.

Town council will consider the draft 2010 Economic Development Work program on Thursday, Jan. 7, starting at 6 p.m. at town hall.

The Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District will present plans for a new community theater at Thursdayand#8217;s meeting. With the newly-opened community recreation center just north of Interstate 80 on Donner Pass Road, the district plans to turn the old Church Street building into a 250-seat theater.

Town council will also consider requesting signs placed on I-80 for the new Downtown Historic District; it also will say good-bye to retiring Det. Sgt. Tim Hargrove and Town Planner Duane Hall, and welcoming new planning commissioner Stephen Ramos.