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|Business Leaders Praise Strengths of Locating in Galesburg During Visioning Session
|Members of a panel discussing how to attract new businesses and help support existing ones all believe the city has many strengths it could use to help lure potential businesses to town.
That was one of the issues talked about during Thursday night's Galesburg Community Visioning Session. Local business people and economic development officials say it's high time that more people known somehow about all the good Galesburg has to offer.
Galesburg Business Association President Dennis Case says for him, it's the people. "We're all small-town people," Case said. "We all have the same expectations in life. We have the same moral upbringings, the same standards. We could take a room of 50 people and bring somebody from 50 different towns, and we can all talk about the same things and the same ideas."
Carrie McKillip is an economic development educator with the Knox County University of Illinois Extension Office, and says Galesburg is an awfully strong city. We certainly have had challenges in this area, all the way back to the 70's and the 60's," McKillip said. "But, we're resilient. And when push comes to shove, I think everyone in the community will come together to do what's best for the community."
Others on the panel even praised the city's administration for trying to be proactive in terms of business retention and attraction programs already in place.
Download audio from the visioning session by CLICKING HERE.
(Galesburg City Manager Dane Bragg, left, and Carl Sandburg College President Tom Schmidt, right, observe Thursday's panel discussion during the visioning assembly. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
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