Leaders Look to Stop Bankruptcy Trend
But, as the bankruptcy filing rate climbs astronomically, county leaders wonder where their economy has gone.
University of Missouri Extension figures show more than half of working Howard County residents commute to another county for their jobs.
County Clerk Mark Hill said that poses a problem in small towns such as Fayette and Glasgow.
"You work in an area like Columbia or Moberly or Boonville, there's a tendency you're going to buy your groceries right there, and do your goods and services right there in that town," he said. "So, that's our dilemma."
Steele, who also runs two Fayette newspapers, said more residents need to become involved in their community.
"Until people wake up and say, 'Look, we've got to be part of this city, we've got to commit ourselves to it, we can't let someone else do it,' and, if at all possible, shop and have your being here, he said.
Steele also said new businesses have opened in Fayette in the past few years, and he hopes that growth can help turn around the economy.