- Associated Press - Sunday, June 15, 2014

CAIRO, Ill. (AP) - A group of current and former residents of the southern Illinois city of Cairo have begun a process of trying to improve the long-troubled community.

The 11 survey takers are looking for ideas to give to city leadership.

Mike Farrow is part of the committee driving the effort and a lifelong Cairo resident. He tells The Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale (https://bit.ly/TZw3RT ) that the thriving Cairo he grew up in was a dream town. He says watching unemployment grow and businesses disappear has been like watching a relative die.

The survey was created by a New Orleans company, GCR.

GCR planner Tyler Antrup says the company was hired to help the city get the most out of its redevelopment money.

Antrup said GCR hopes to have a finished plan by December.

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Information from: Southern Illinoisan, https://www.southernillinoisan.com

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