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UJRO moves office, creates coronavirus business survey

Uptown Jackson Revitalization Organization has moved its office to 100 North Missouri Street in Jackson, though it is currently closed due to the coronavirus.

UJRO had held office space in the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce’s building for the past year.

UJRO Executive Director Steve Turner said the move into the old Jackson Public Library would allow the organization to have its own space with its own entrance.

Turner added that it is larger than their office at the chamber building, and they will use that extra space to host small events. “We will be able to do a lot more at our new location,” he said.

Turner, who is currently working from home, said he moved the office by himself, and it will need to be set up once the coronavirus shutdown is done. New signage to show that the organization is in the building is also coming.

“Once we get back and things get back to normal, we will have an open house,” Turner said.

For the time being, the organization is working on compiling a list of Uptown businesses’ hours and operations during the coronavirus pandemic.

The list, located at ujro.org/openbusinesses shows what local businesses are still offering and special instructions on how they are currently operating. Current hours, contact information and gift card availability is included.

“The businesses I’ve talked to are struggling, so if our site can be a help to keep people informed, that’s what we are hoping for,” Turner said.

Tractors Classic American Grill, Cobblestone Corner, High Street Station, Main Street Flooring and Interiors, Vitality Market, Jessica Keen – American Family Insurance and Jones Drug Store currently have information on the page.

Other businesses can be included by filling out a survey at ujro.org/survey.

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past four years. He can be reached at cbjedit@socket.net.

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