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      Kirksville community leaders attend 'site selection' meeting

      Kirksville community leaders attended an early Wednesday morning meeting with members of a 'site selection group'.

      Members of that group spent 36 hours in Kirksville to see what the city has to offer. They toured the area and visited the universities.

      Wednesday, they met with city leaders to discuss what areas need improvements in order to bring more businesses to Kirksville.

      Overall, the city scored well when it comes to being an attractive place to start a business or corporation. The biggest benefits to the city are the two universities and the Kirksville Regional Airport. However, certain areas of the city lack 'curb appeal, and site selectors say that is always an area for improvement.

      Those members also said that more industrial space to build would make the city more even more attractive to corporations that are looking to start-up. The meeting also showed how Kirksville matches up with other cities in the state when it comes to the workforce.

      "It gives the communities an understanding of how they stack up competitively. It gives them a perspective that they wouldn't otherwise get," said Josh Bays, a Principal with the Site Selection Group.

      The meeting also allowed the community leaders to ask questions and learn about the site selection process.