Kate Porsche is the economic development manager for the Corvallis-Benton County Economic Development Office, where she recently succeeded the retiring Tom Nelson. Porsche, 47, has plenty of experience in the mid-valley economic scene, including a long stretch with the city of Albany. Her counterpoint in Albany, 37-year-old Seth Sherry, has been in that position for about 18 months, but his experience includes a stint with the Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments.

With both Porsche and Sherry relative newcomers in their current positions, we thought it made sense to bring them together on a recent sunny afternoon to talk about their jobs, the state of economic development in the mid-valley and common misconceptions about what they do. The following transcript has been edited for clarity and length; a somewhat longer version appears online.

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