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|"Google Searches" Help Shape Galesburg's Image
|Something as simple as a "Google" search of Galesburg could leave people with the wrong impression of the city.
That's according to one of the panelists at Thursday night's first "Community Visioning" session held by the City at Carl Sandburg College -- the first in a series of six such sessions to be held Thursday nights in March and April as aldermen figure out where to go with its economic development efforts.
"Image" was the main topic of the first session -- and one of the panelists was Central Illinois Economic Development Council C.O.O. Vickie Clark, who says she reads and hears plenty about the city, but that a "Google" search could be a mind-changer. "Maybe I'm a site selector, and I Google 'Galesburg,'" Clark said. "That's the kind of thing that I may see, and you don't want that kind of activity. You'd rather be able to see reports on activity like this (visioning session), that it's a progressive community, working together to achieve some final results."
A Knox College official on the panel, meanwhile, said the institution tries to show as much good as possible to prospective students and their families, and says many of them end up perceiving the community as accessible, active, and has plenty of opportunities.
A series of break-out sessions presented a number of positives -- from residents being friendly, to affordability of living here. But they also presented areas of concern, like improved communication to the city's residents from government -- or, a greater amount of transparency.
You can download a panel discussion and a discussion on the break-out session's findings by CLICKING HERE.
(Galesburg City Clerk Kelli Bennewitz leads one of eight break-out sessions held during Thursday night's Community Visioning Session. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
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