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Economic, census figures source of important local info.

By Melody Moorehouse

Statistics released by both the Bureau of Economic Analysis of the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Bureau of the Census present some meaningful findings in Grant County.

"Most counties in South and Eastern Arkansas are doing poorly in economic growth and are losing population. So positive numbers for Grant County are significant when compared to many other counties in our area," Jim Lancaster of Sheridan, president of the Grant County Industrial Development Corp., said.

The impact of statistics can be difficult to understand, but Lancaster explained why the numbers and comparisons are useful to local citizens.

"Cities and counties with decreasing economies and populations have increasing problems in funding local government and services - water, sewer, streets, police, fire protection and solid waste," he said. "Sheridan and Grant County have been able to fund such services as well as put huge investment in the Sheridan Recreation Center and the Grant County Museum."

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