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March 12, 2016
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Local Leaders Discuss Ways to Move Meadville Forward, Strengthen Economy

The Meadville City Building hosted a meeting of local minds Friday, as ideas of how to move Meadville forward and strengthen the local economy led to some constructive suggestions.

Autumn Vogel coordinated the meeting as part of the Year of Meadville's "Our Local Economy" programming. The meeting was attended by members of Meadville City Council, Crawford county Commissioners, the Crawford County Planning Commission, the Meadville-Western Crawford County Chamber of Commerce, the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Meadville and members of local organizations. Vogel, Year of Meadville organizer, introduced the group to Stacy Mitchell, co-director for the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Mitchell is based out of Portland, Maine, with the 42-year-old business.

"I do research about independent business and community banking," she said. "We find out what's working in different communities and use that information to help others grow."In the past few years I have seen an increase in communities starting local initiatives," Mitchell said. "The initiatives have led to an increase in job growth, income and civic growth."

Meadville City Council member Sean Donahue said he knows of people who are interested in starting a new business, but they find it difficult to borrow small amounts.

Redevelopment Authority board member Tom Cholak told the group there are funding sources available to help small businesses get started, but he sees a need to increase the publicity of what is out there for what he called "viable entrepreneurs."

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