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|Grant Extension, Website Considered In Development Efforts
|The Galesburg City Council met Tuesday night to continue their monthly budget work sessions.
Aldermen heard a presentation from City Economic Development Director Cesar Suarez about a few proposals to assist in the development process.
The City Council has scheduled monthly budget work sessions in an effort to more easily adopt the fiscal year 2014 budget.
Economic Development Director Cesar Suarez says Galesburg ought to switch to a development model that embraces the "new economy."
"Having three staff members, we can actually plan it, implement it, execute it and produce," says Suarez. "We wouldn't be able to go as much as we've done in trade missions and really put together a lot of what you see."
At issue was pairing investment capital with entrepreneurs and making those ideas come to fruition right here in Galesburg.
Among the proposals was expanding the City's economic development objectives to a more regional approach.
Mayor Sal Garza says the City isn't directly responsible for the attraction or retention of any of the City's jobs.
"We serve in a supportive role and we attempt to facilitate where we can, but we're not the ones that are making the final decisions where these jobs are going to go, but instead we are providing options for investors and employers to consider when making their decisions on where they want to be," says Garza.
It was presented that 27 calls were made in 2011 to prospective businesses, whereas more than 13-hundred in 2012.
Suarez says there are goals to meet in the plan he's proposing.
"If we do that well, population will come, houses will be refurbished and rebuilt and retail sales will grow," says Suarez.
The Council has several goals in their development plan, including: maintaining a quality workforce and addressing vacant properties.
Aldermen showed verbal interest in extending an EDA grant for an additional six months and creating an economic development website.
|03 26 13 by Newsroom
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