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Granite City seeks to create jobs by becoming a better place to live

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GRANITE CITY, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

Granite City is working on an economic development plan that they hope will boost the economy and create jobs by becoming a place where more people want to live.

On Friday, they gathered scores of residents to brainstorm ways to accomplish that goal.

Mayor Ed Hagnauer told News 4. :It's an opportunity for them to give us some information that they think will help us to turn it around and start growing again." 

The volunteers included students, retirees, business owners, politicians and others. They gathered to come up with specific plans to make improvements in the areas of business growth, housing, education, entrepreneurship and civic pride. 

Business owner, Elena Braswell, 23, said, "I definitely see that there's a lot of positivity in Granite City, and that's why I love my town."

Volunteers will continue to meet in small work groups to formulate plans and work to carry them out.

Director of Economic Development, James Amos told News 4, "We would think over the next couple of months we should see some
things happen, and certainly within six months we should see measurable outcomes." 


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