Gladewater Economic Development Corporation and Gladewater Chamber of Commerce Business Development Breakfast:
September 21, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the Gladewater Chamber of Commerce Conference Room.
213 N. Main Street
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Sunday, August 25, 2013
By Jo Lee Ferguson Special to the News-Journal
Two Longview business owners have invested in property along Texas 42 with plans to possibly construct buildings to lease out.
Along Gladewater's Main Street, the vendors trade in memories.
But that wasn't always the case. Once a booming oil town, this mini-metropolis near Longview felt the slump of the 1980s with a vengeance.
With the finality of a townwide going-out-of-business sale, Main Street dried up, buildings were boarded up, and once-flush inhabitants found their economic prospects on the grim side of fair to middling.
"We needed to reinvent ourselves," said Margaret Larkin, one of the founding vendors of a movement that helped Gladewater rise from the ashes.
Forty-year-old Robert Johnson is a Minneapolis, Minn., native who spent the past two decades living in Austin, continuing his education, serving in the military and promoting economic development and better business through the Texas Historical Commission.