Group works to bring businesses back to Richland

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Re-elected Alderman Kandy Murphy, Mayor Eldon Haun, re-elected Aldarman Rhonda Workman-Massey are sworn in for new terms at Tuesday night’s board of aldermen meeting. Roy Holler will remain as mayor pro tem. Alderman Tim Bailey, who was also re-elected, was not present.


A new group wants to rebuild Richland’s tax base with businesses that can bring jobs to town. The group’s goals were the main topic at Tuesday night’s Richland Board of Aldermen meeting.

The Richland Community Development Corporation was formed last June with the goal of bringing in business and jobs. Cindy Payne, the group’s president, said it will provide a needed resource for the town.

“We haven’t had anything like this in Richland since the 1960s,” Payne said. “There was a group back then that wrote a lot of plans and did economic development for our town. Since then, it’s been a little bit slow for community development.”

The group has been divided into four teams: tourism, industry and jobs, partnerships with Fort Leonard Wood and downtown revitalization.

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