Business agencies, owners meet to discuss recovery in Ferguson

Florissant  Avenue in Ferguson was one of the main sights for protests in the wake of Michael Brown's death. | Courtesy of Youth Radio/Flickr
Businesses along Florissant Avenue in Ferguson have been hit hard by vandalism and looting in the wake of Michael Brown’s death. | Courtesy of Youth Radio/Flickr

Owners of more than a dozen Ferguson businesses met with representatives from a variety of economic development and business support agencies Thursday to discuss coping with damage and rebuilding in the wake of the most recent round of riots in the St. Louis suburb.

Officials from the St. Louis Regional Chamber, the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and the Missouri Department of Insurance spoke to the business owners, who included the proprietors of Queen’s Royal Touch salon, Dellwood Animal Clinic and Zisser Tire.

Many of the businesses are still dealing with damage caused in riots following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, or a second wave of looting and vandalism after a grand jury declined to indict Wilson on Nov. 24.

Four commercial real estate companies also attended the event, which was organized by Jeff Eisenberg, head of Jeff Eisenberg & Associates.

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