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|Business Leader: Positives Outweigh Negatives in Galesburg
|A Galesburg businessman and panelist on last night's Galesburg Community Visioning Session says residents should probably start seeing the city the way many visitors to town see it -- as not such a bad place.
Landmark restaurant owner and Leadership Greater Galesburg Chair Phil Dickinson told the discussion at Carl Sandburg College that, as a business owner, he sees plenty of out-of-towners who believe Galesburg is pretty good, full of courteous people -- but you might not know that if you peruse Internet blogs about Galesburg, or comments sections on some websites. He says they're full of people with seemingly a lot of negativity in their hearts.
Dickinson says it's time to stop letting the negative outweigh the positive. "There is a tremendous amount to be proud of in our town," Dickinson said. "I understand the frustration is high right now. That's normal in times like this. Working together will always benefit us more than working to tear each other apart, and we tear each other apart far too much right now."
About 75 participants at break-out sessions during the discussion last night focused in part on those positives, and how some things can be made to be positives...like the local elementary and college education systems, the affordability of the area compared to some others, and how outside perception of the city may be better than residents think it is.
You can hear some of those findings and discussions by CLICKING HERE.
(A crowd of people at Carl Sandburg College's Crist Student Center look on during the panel discussion of the Community Visioning Session Thursday night. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
|03 06 09 by Newsroom
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