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Downtown Adrian leaders connect on Facebook

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ADRIAN, MI (Toledo News Now) -

Downtown development leaders in Adrian are using social media in an effort to increase communication with the public and improve their community.

They're using Facebook to get input from the community on the types of businesses they want to see fill the empty buildings. Those responses will be used as Downtown Development Authority (DDA) leaders work with local entrepreneurs and those thinking about bringing their business to Adrian.

"If the community doesn't buy into it, if they don't see the value in what we've done or what we've brought, it's not going to be sustainable," said Chris Miller, of the DDA.

Residents in the area agree.

"I think it's very important, because if they're not in touch with the people and what the people want, I think they have less of a chance of their business, or whatever they bring in, succeeding," said Jennifer Durell.

So far, the Downtown Adrian Facebook page has more than 1,000 likes, and dozens of comments from people who want to get involved.

"It's like teamwork. We're all working together," said Victoria Horn.

"You can sit in an office and look at things and think about things and go, ‘Yeah, this works. This doesn't work.' But when you get immediate feedback from a significant number of folks who are paying attention, that's really cool," Miller said.

So far, a grocery store and bakery are the top things people want to see downtown.

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