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July 11, 2018MARYVILLE, Mo. | By: John Coffey
Photo courtesy Greater Maryville Chamber of Commerce
Northwest Missouri residents had the chance to talk with a state representative and state senator Monday morning during a Q&A at the Nodaway County Administration Building.
Missouri State Representative Allen Andrews and Missouri State Senator Dan Hegeman spoke with community members during the Greater Maryville Chamber of Commerce's Legislative Coffee.
One of the larger issues facing Missouri that was covered Monday morning is the state's ability to attract more people to the rural areas.
Andrews, a Republican from Grant City, said opportunities would be available, but drawing in new people is the major hurdle.
"If we could see an influx of people coming into our rural area -- jobs are there. Jobs will be created. The fact of the matter is that we don't have the people to sustain the economy. Whenever you don't have that happen you don't have the tax revenue, you don't have the tax space, and you begin to see a slippage of the services that are already there. What we really need to get a grasp and understanding of is what will it take to encourage people to move to the rural parts of Missouri."