City officials learned that local banks offer several loan or grant programs that could help those residents. And several banks have agreed to set up a kind of marketplace Thursday at the Anniston Meeting Center. At the event, residents can talk with representatives from local banks to see what loans or grants they might qualify for.

The partnership was just one of five agreements the depot signed with area stakeholders on Thursday to meet mutual needs. The agreements were the culmination of months of talks between the depot and the stakeholders. The hope is to improve efficiency and reduce the cost of operations for the depot and all agencies and cities involved.

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