Kirksville works to bring more business and visitors to area

Kirksville City Council members met with area economic development partners to discuss ways to bring more business and visitors to the city.

Partners that attended the meeting included K-REDI, Missouri Rural Enterprise and Innovation Center, and Tourism. They shared why Kirksville is a place where business can be competitive and expand.

Some of those reasons include low utility costs, low taxes and the Kirksville Regional Airport offering air service to St. Louis.

"Not only is it a goal, but it's something important to everyone who lives here, who works here. Job creation, having opportunities, and the only way you're going to do that is if you build your economic base," said Mari Macomber, Kirksville City Manager.

The recent 'All American Red, White and Blue Festival' also brought many visitors to Kirksville. Tourism Director Debi Boughton said Kirksville hotels were 95% filled for the holiday events.