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|City Manager Says Public Needed to Shape Economic Development -- DOWNLOADS AVAILABLE HERE
|Galesburg's City Manager says one thing is for certain -- the city needs to reorganize its economic developments and not necessarily start from scratch, but start anew.
Dane Bragg presented aldermen during an economic development work session Monday night his plan for rejuvenating local economic development efforts that he called "Galesburg Advantage."
Bragg proposed holding a series of public meetings he called "community visioning sessions" that would deal with six areas.
"Workforce Development and Education, because the two go hand-in-hand," Bragg said, "the second one being quality of life, access to technology and neighborhood development, which greatly affects the amenities that our residents benefit from as a community; the third being industrial development and transportation and infrastructure; the fourth being business retention and expansion as well as entrepreneurship; the fifth being downtown and tourism development; and the sixth being leadership development and regional partnerships."
Bragg says some of those regional partnership could include groups outside the immediate area, like the Peoria Heartland Economic Development Partnership and the Quad City Development group. He also says participation by the public is not only encouraged but crucial to the process, and says results and a review of any plan developed will need to be taken up on an annual basis.
Aldermen okayed Bragg further formulating the process. Read Bragg's presentation by CLICKING HERE(pdf format).
Download the discussion from Monday night's Galesburg City Council Meeting by CLICKING HERE (mp3 format).
|02 03 09 by Newsroom
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