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|Economic Development Inaction by Galesburg City Council
|The Galesburg City Council was asked to try and come up with solutions to four areas of the city's economic development needs. They only got through one of those at yet another economic development-themed work session Tuesday night.
The work session was a continuation of a discussion started two weeks ago so that the city could map out economic development priorities following aldermen's decision to terminate its contract with the Galesburg Regional Economic Development Association effective in March.
City Manager Dane Bragg wanted aldermen to determine, among other things, whether or not there should be some sort of relationship with GREDA anyway.
Seventh Ward Alderman Mike Lummis said that sounds just fine with him. "I think if we could work out some type of an agreement -- and I'll use the word 'agreement' rather than 'contract,' -- so that we both move forward for the development of Galesburg and the betterment of Galesburg," Lummis said. "If GREDA can make it without extra money from the city by cutting back some of their programs, which maybe we can pick up, we can get away from the bottom line which seems to be the exchange of taxpayer money to GREDA."
But Lummis eventually had to relent, after hearing several aldermen say it was time to move in a new direction. Lummis eventually said it was time to put the bickering over GREDA aside and move forward.
Aldermen were also asked Tuesday night to determine what needed to be done with Logistics Park Galesburg, the Entrepreneurship Center, and how to address marketing of the city on both domestic and international levels. They never got past talking about GREDA.
The Galesburg City Council Tuesday night did approve an extra five vacation days for City Manager Dane Bragg on a five-to-two vote. Aldermen Ken Goad and Russel Fleming voted no, and Alderman Karen Lafferty was not at the meeting due to a family issue.
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