Comments sought on valley economy

The Great Recession has had a devastating impact on the Northern San Joaquin Valley and those who live here. But as with all downturns, the recession will bottom out. And at some point, conditions will begin to improve and a recovery will take hold. A team of Modesto Bee reporters is working on a special project that examines aspects of the valley economy. These reporters will be talking with people to analyze and identify just what it will take for a recovery to start. If you've got some thoughts about what's happened to the region's economy, what's needed to spur a turnaround or what the long-term prospects are, The Bee would like to hear from you. Please e-mail your comments and your contact information to