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New businesses bring more growth to Region 8 city

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Business growth in one Region 8 city has city leaders excited for the future.

In the last year, Harrisburg has seen a number of new businesses come to town.

Businesses include a fast food chain, along with locally owned restaurants, and a medical facility.

The city of Harrisburg is working to revitalize the downtown area, which now has a new restaurant and gift shop.

More downtown spaces are being renovated to offer even more economic growth.

Nacole Sweeney, Chamber of Commerce Director of Operations, said business growth goes back to more people moving to Harrisburg.

“Our population is growing,” Sweeney said. “I think our school has grown. We've got a good school. We've got a lot of shopping, our downtown, our restaurants.”

Sweeney said the city has grown to the point they don't have enough housing.

“We have people come in the office all the time asking places to rent, homes to buy,” Sweeney said. “They’re not available because they are filled up.”

While it is a good problem to have, Sweeney said they hope to get more rental property built for potential residents.

With the growth in the population, the Chamber hopes more businesses will come, and more people will see the potential Harrisburg has to offer.

Sweeney has been with the Chamber for nine months, and her next goal is to get a community center for the city to enjoy.

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