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Hannibal City Officials to meet with local businesses to strengthen community

Hannibal City Officials to meet with local businesses to strengthen community

Hannibal City officials are now planning to visit many local businesses in its town.

Hannibal City Council is now moving forward with a retail retention project.

The goal is to keep Hannibal shoppers in Hannibal.

A designated team of city officials will visit a number of businesses to find out what they need and what's working well.

Hannibal City Manager Jeff LaGarce explains how the project will work.

"If there are things that we can do that can help that business be more profitable, maybe be able to hire good people, be able to bring in other products that are good for that business. We are going to do our share of informing but we want to probably spend more time listening and hear what's important to them."

Dale Peeters, the owner of Groomingdales Pet Boutique, is excited about this initiative.

"I think it's wonderful, I am very involved in a lot of civic things that go on here and I think involvement can help everyone. I think it makes people aware and it might bring people together and when people get together good things happen."

The goal of this project is to strengthen current businesses and bring in new ones.

As well as offering residents more reasons to shop local.

Officials are in the process of making a list of the first 65 businesses they will visit during the first year.

Those visits will start this summer.

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