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Ames residents call for arts spending


City budget hearings often bring out people who call for more spending on fixing streets, improving parks or adding affordable housing. At a budget hearing this week, Ames residents and a chamber of commerce official appealed to the city to spend more on arts as a way of attracting and keeping residents, the Ames Tribune reported. “People won’t move here unless there’s a perception that there’s something to do here after work,” said resident Mike Salzburg said. Said local chamber leader Dan Culhane: “Art is an economic driver. And as an economic development organization here in town, I would completely concur with you that the more outlets we have in our community, the greater it is that some of those people would choose to live here rather than live in someplace else.”

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