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|Ward 4 Candidates: Something Needs to be Worked Out with GREDA
|Two of the candidates for a seat on the Galesburg City Council do believe that the Galesburg Regional Economic Development Association is needed as part of the city's economic development future.
GREDA got a lot of air time at Monday night's aldermanic candidates forum as heard live on WGIL, and one of the candidates, fourth ward incumbent Lomac Payton, said just because he voted against a new contract for GREDA, doesn't mean he doesn't want to work with them.
Payton says he's given a proposal to city officials for a new contract with GREDA that he believes may be considered. "I was told (GREDA was) going to wait and see what the results of the election are going to be before they act on that," Payton said. "It is my hope that (Aldermen) don't let this die."
Payton says he gave copies of the proposal to the media; however, WGIL never received a copy.
Fellow candidate Corine Anderson, meanwhile, says now is not the time for anyone to stop supporting GREDA. "They have to be included in whatever plan we do for effective development," Anderson said. "I think that...the public needs to get behind (GREDA) as much as possible."
Fellow candidate Tony Gerk is part of another story you can find above this one on the "Local News" page.
Some of the candidates taking part in the debate also feel that GREDA has to have some sort of a role, while at least one suggested the city needs a full-time economic development official, working back toward a GREDA-type partnership later on.
(All three Fourth Ward Candidates attended Monday night's forum, including, from left to right: Incumbent Lomac Payton, former Alderman Tony Gerk, and resident Corine Anderson. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
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