Pessimism shows up in survey of Wrangell businesses

Wrangell is among the more pessimistic towns in this year’s annual business survey conducted of Southeast communities. About half of the 35 Wrangell business leaders who responded to the survey had a negative view of the town’s economic outlook, and almost one-third expected they would need to cut jobs this year.

None of that surprises Kate Thomas, the borough’s economic development director.

“Our downtown district is not doing as well as it has in the past,” she said in an interview Thursday, June 6. Residents are spending more money online and less locally, she said. The loss of several thou...


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