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|Business District Commission Talks Intermodal Report
|A report given to the Galesburg City Council this week is one that a city-backed commission is pleased with.
The city's Business District Development and Redevelopment Commission Thursday read the report from the Tioga Group on whether or not Logistics Park Galesburg could be used as an intermodal facility -- one that serves as a transfer point for goods being shipped across the country.
Essentially, the report says the park couldn't be used as an intermodal facility, but could be used for other sectors, and should be sub-divided.
City Economic Development Director Cesar Suarez says Caterpillar and John Deere among other big manufacturers were surveyed as part of the study -- and that's where the consultant came in.
"It's hard for any of us to go knock on these doors of these large corporations and say, 'I'm the [Economic Development] Director for the City of Galesburg. Will you give me all the information?'" Suarez said. "But if they hear from a professional who knows his stuff, and he's talking to a transportation expert within the company, they have a way of talking and know what to ask and what information to share. I think that's the big value of having an expert involved."
The study cost $100,000, but it was paid for through state and federal funds administered through the Illinois Department of Transportation. Suarez says the city wanted to get such a survey done after hearing that Fort Madison, Iowa, had just done the same, and felt that Galesburg didn't want to miss out on any similar opportunities.
|07 01 11 by Newsroom
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