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Last updated 12:34AM ET
July 16, 2018
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Athens Chamber business survey
(WOUB) - If Athens wants more businesses to stay and expand, it should improve internet service in the area.

Athens Area Chamber of Commerce C-E-O Jennifer Simon says survey results show existing broadband service "is ranked from very poor to average."

Simon says many businesses contacted for the survey also said "childcare services are very poor to average"...and that housing quality is not so good.

Half of the businesses surveyed said they are planning to "modernize, renovate or expand" and would be spending four-and-a-half million dollars on that.

In a report to Athens City Council, Simon said the Chamber has hired a local firm to work on a marketing plan that will focus on three business sectors.

The targeted sectors are alternative energy, specialty food and health care.
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