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|Official Says 2009 Was Busy for GREDA
|Leaders at the local economic development entity say while the year started out bad with the loss of funding from the City of Galesburg, 2009 kind of took off for them from there.
Galesburg Regional Economic Development Association President Greg Mangieri told the group's annual meeting Monday night that there at least seems to be a lot of interest in the Galesburg area from an economic development standpoint, despite the downturn in the economy.
Mangieri says the number of groups GREDA got in contact with last year is a perfect indication. "We are currently working with over 35 prospects," Mangieri said. "Some of the communications with these 35 prospects date back as far as 2006 -- several of them, in fact, probably a half dozen of them. So it's real encouraging to know that we've been able to maintain traction on some of these initiatives for that period of time."
GREDA officials say that 35 is higher than in previous years.
Mangieri also cited meetings GREDA helped facilitate with Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, green initiatives, and public forums with both the railroad and the state department of Transporation, to say nothing of what might have been considered their biggest accomplishment: the designation of Logistics Park Galesburg as part of the Peoria Foreign Trade Zone.
Mangieri says he hopes all that sets up 2010 to be just as fruitful.
(GREDA president Greg Mangieri speaks before an annual meeting of GREDA investors Monday at the Best Western Prairie Inn in Galesburg. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
|02 10 10 by Newsroom
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