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Rep. Graves discusses economic development, Hannibal riverfront

U.S. Congressman Sam Graves was in Hannibal Tuesday to discuss economic projects with city leaders.

The centerpiece: the riverfront redevelopment project which is estimated at almost $6 million.

The project is over two decades in the making but now, it’s closer than ever to a reality.

“Anytime you can do a project that is something the residents can use, it’s something the tourists can use, it’s something that generates economic development,” said Parks & Recreation Director Andy Dorian. “It’s a win win for all.”

The new riverfront will allow for multiple river cruise dockings at one time including Viking River Cruises.

“I’m glad that’s back on track now,” said Congressman Graves. “That’s going to be a huge help to the community and everybody that has a business in the community or runs a shop. Main street is going to be flourishing even more so than it already is with the river traffic they have. It’s going to compound even more and the sky is the limit.”

While Graves mostly listened during Tuesday’s discussion, he said the information he learned is something he can take back to Washington.

“It absolutely is important. That way you’re obviously much more informed when it comes to talking about those things and you’re dealing with the bureaucrats that are making decisions in D.C.” said Graves.

Dorian said having an open line of communication with the congressman is critical to future development.

“On other projects in the future, having that relationship with the congressman and his office is extremely important. We probably talk to the congressman’s aids at least once a month if not every other week,” said Dorian.

At next Tuesday’s city council meeting, the council will decide whether or not to fund the riverfront project.

Brett Knese

Multi-Media Journalist at WGEM News.

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