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|Much Left on Galesburg's Economic Development Plate
|An hour wasn't enough for the Galesburg City Council to make a sizable dent in what is proving to be a pretty lengthy list of the city's economic development priorities.
Aldermen Monday night were given the results of a survey they took where they were asked they thought what should and shouldn't be done in terms of economic development. The list was broken down into 11 sections, but aldermen only got through two of them, business retention and expansion, and industrial recruitment.
Most of the issues in those two sections were things the Galesburg Regional Economic Development Association had been doing, before aldermen decided to terminate their contract with GREDA in March.
Seventh Ward Alderman Mike Lummis wondered if the city isn't going to continue to have some sort of relationship with GREDA in the future. "We've had a long relationship with GREDA," Lummis said. "I don't think that they are just going to totally ignore us now. I would hope that we can have some dialogue with them, to see what their plans are now that this contract will end on March 16th."
Lummis was concerned that the city might end up duplicating some programs GREDA already does, and might want to continue doing after their relationship with GREDA has ceased.
Aldermen did decide that they didn't feel the need for anyone to visit existing businesses to make sure all their needs are covered, nor did they feel compelled to conduct any sort of business retention survey, or allow the city to be a regular attendee at international and domestic marketing or trade shows.
They were in favor of continuing a revolving loan fund, and marketing and development of Logistics Park Galesburg.
(The Galesburg City Council discussed economic development Monday night. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
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