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|Mayor Talks More About Caterpillar Newspaper Ad
|"The City of Galesburg and our regional partners welcome the opportunity to work with Caterpillar to assist with the successful start-up and operation of a manufacturing plant."
That's part of what a full-color, full-page ad says on page A-17 of Sunday's Peoria Journal-Star. The city paid for the ad to try and convince Caterpillar to come here.
The city paid $3,600 for the ad, but Mayor Sal Garza tells WGIL it's not money that came out of the city's budget.
"The monies were not gotten from local coffers," Garza said. "This comes out of the [Economic Development Assistance] Grant, specifically for economic development, under the category of marketing of the region. This is not money that came from the local taxpayers in terms of property taxes or something like that."
But it is still taxpayer money nonetheless that the city was awarded last year, which pays for economic development staff and other items.
Garza tells WGIL that's not the only newspaper ad he looked at.
"We looked at a number of other venues, if you will, to try and accomplish the same," Garza said. "One example is like with The Wall Street Journal. We looked at that, but unfortunately, the cost was too prohibitive for us. We're looking at over $21,000, $22,000 to accomplish the same."
The full-page ad Sunday does mention that the city uses Caterpillar equipment every day, and that the region has "a productive and affordable workforce."
It also touts the still-empty Logistics Park Galesburg, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad, and "a continuous flow of talented individuals coming from Knox College, Bradley and Western Illinois University, and other educational institutions."
(The ad the City of Galesburg purchased, as it appears in Sunday's Peoria Journal Star.)
|02 05 12 by Newsroom
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