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Oroville Mayor talks about local economy after the Camp Fire

The economy in Oroville has been booming since the Camp Fire according to Mayor Chuck Reynolds.

Posted: Mar 18, 2019 9:14 PM
Updated: Mar 18, 2019 9:26 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. -- The economy in Oroville has been booming since the Camp Fire according to Mayor Chuck Reynolds.

"I'm feeling it's definitely going to stay up, I don't know if it will continue to stay as high as it is, but I think it will be higher than it was. Got a lot more business and people patronizing the downtown so that's been nice," said Daniel Bulleri, a graphic designer at Mary Lake-Thompson.

Mayor Reynolds said the city's population grew by the hundreds since the Camp Fire.

"The economy was booming, there just wasn't the people to facilitate the duties of a booming economy. So now we have more people to be involved and in a booming economy," said Mayor Reynolds.

The mayor said the city is working on housing and bringing more people into Oroville.

The city needs middle to upper-middle income properties, according to the mayor. He said the city has 8,500 people a day who commute into Oroville to work and have nowhere to live in the city.

"We actually have quite a bit of low-income housing here. We need to focus on a contribution so middle to upper-middle income is what we're focusing on," said Mayor Reynolds. 

In terms of how long this boom will last, the mayor said he's hopeful and thinks the upswing will last for a while. 

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