About Ben Hemson:
Hemson hasn't gotten much sleep since the pandemic began. He's been doing everything from helping local businesses with their loans from the federal government to managing a new program to allow businesses to move out into the streets to sell goods and serve meals. He said local businesses are still split 50/50 on whether they are feeling hopeful or doomed in the new economic environment. Still, summer tourists should bring some cash into the local economy, hopefully without bringing COVID-19 along with them. We also learned about Bend's remote working trend and how the pandemic may attract even more urban escapists in the months to come.