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      Economic Development Alliance building is now open to the public

      A new chapter begins for a few Kirksville organizations.

      The City of Kirksville and the Kirksville Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Economic Development Alliance building in Downtown Kirksville Thursday afternoon.

      The former Telecommunications Resource Center (TCRC) building now houses Kirksville Regional Economic Development Incorporated (K-REDI), the Kirksville Downtown Improvement Committee (KDIC), and Missouri Rural Enterprise and Innovation Center (MREIC).

      The new locations allow them to partner on economic development projects all in one place.

      "Being able to be in one spot is going to be very helpful to the citizens and businesses of the community. We use to be spread out in three separate locations all around town. Now all the several groups are in one building and serve different purposes that help economic development," said Carolyn Chrisman, Director of Job Creation for K-REDI.

      After the ceremony, there was an open house to allow business leaders and citizens to tour the new building.

      The three groups have been in the building since February 1 and say it's been a smooth transition.

      Chrisman said this was all made possible thanks to the support of the city and the community.

      "The city has been wonderful; they are very supportive of economic development. Our boards and the citizens we come into contact with are glad to see the building in use. We are all excited to see what the possibilities will be now that we have the Economic Development Alliance," Chrisman said.

      If you didn't have time to go to Thursday's open house, you can stop by the Economic Development Alliance building on 315 South Franklin Street anytime between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can call at (660) 665-2003.