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      Innovation center has new executive director

      The Missouri Rural Enterprise and Innovation Center in Kirksville has a new executive director.

      Dan Hamlet officially took his new position March 1st after working in small business for 15 years. Hamlet also served more than a decade in the military and spent four years teaching leadership as a professor of military science at Truman State University, a job that he still holds.

      Monday we spoke with Hamlet about his new position and why he's excited to pull the strengths of our community together.

      "Now I get a chance to {pull the community together} as my sole focus and I'm really exited about that," Hamlet said. Kirksville and the Northeast Missouri area have a lot of advantages that could be tacked better and I'm looking forward to helping people do that."

      Hamlet is taking these first few months getting to know the position and the key players in the community.

      He says there are a lot of bright and motivated individuals in the Kirksville community and he's excited to pull their energy and intelligence together to lead the Kirksville area to prosperity.