By TERESA L. BENNS
"CENTER — If a town is in sound financial shape and runs a tight ship, its chances of surviving a recession are just as good as some big cities and probably better, especially where agriculture and potential energy development is part of the picture.
This is the general conclusion of those studying the situation=2 0recently, in view of the current recession.
But like small businesses and families on slim budgets, if times were already hard before a recession, chances are they will worsen as the recession worsens. While to some extent agricultural areas have a better outlook, according to recent business research, this depends on fluctuating crop prices and other factors."