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Buffett foundation assists Decatur with declining population

The son of billionaire Warren Buffett is helping a rural Illinois city halt its declining population.

The Howard G. Buffett Foundation has contributed $55.1 million to Decatur and its surrounding Macon County over the past two decades with dozens of grants, including those paying for a new lakefront amphitheater and a law enforcement training facility, aiming to help make the area a better place to live, the Chicago Tribune ( ) reported.

"The bottom line is, what can you do to make a community more attractive to younger people, and how do you make it attractive so the people that are here stay here?" said Howard Buffett, 62. "A lot of our...