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|Economic Development Plan Mostly Receives Praise
|The City of Galesburg may be hitting the mark when it comes to its economic development efforts -- and, more specifically, how to market the city to potential employers and manufacturers.
City Economic Development Director Cesar Suarez gave a lengthy presentation on his plans to a City Council work session Monday night. While he says marketing is only a small part of the plan, it was the part that got the most attention -- things from developing an entrepreneurial mindset, to creating an economic development website, to closing deals and continually being in contact with potential and current employers.
Other entities are being used to back up the city's economic development team, and fourth ward alderman Corine Andersen wondered if constant contact was being made with them about parts of the plan that aren't ready yet.
"There are things that are involved with some of these other groups that you're working with, and how do we get them to come up with the same sort of priority list," she said.
"And are these things that can be revisited, how often do you get together, and brings these things up time and time again, I hope-- where I see some of these other ones that are going to take some precedence. How are we going to deal with some of those under consideration."
Aldermen also used the meeting to praise specifically what's going on at the Sustainable Business Center in the former Carhartt plant on West Main Street. Aldermen say they're pleased that the center is projected to be at 75-percent capacity by the end of this year -- much earlier than originally projected.
(City Economic Development Director Cesar Suarez gives a presentation to the City Council Monday night, while city officials, aldermen, and Suarez's economic development team look on. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
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