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|FIRST ON WGIL: Major Shift in Staff, Board at GREDA
|POSTED 9:40am, UPDATED 10:33am 9/30/10 The now-former president of Carl Sandburg College didn't stay retired for very long.
The Galesburg Regional Economic Development Association says Tom Schmidt is taking over as President of the organization as of Friday.
Schmidt has been serving as Chairman of GREDA's Board of Directors, under a term that was to expire in January.
However, GREDA says in a news release that current NAEIR CEO and former Galesburg Mayor Gary Smith will take on the chairmanship on an interim basis.
Greg Mangieri, who has been GREDA president, will still be with the organization, but will become Vice President for Economic Development.
A GREDA statement indicates that Schmidt will work on relations with the organization's investors, strategic planning, supervising GREDA's staff, and other things.
Smith, in the statement, says he accepting the interim chairmanship because he believes in the need for a public-private economic development partnership.
The City of Galesburg, by far GREDA's largest public contributor, has not funded the organization since a contract to that end expired last year.
GREDA recently hired Oliver Ferguson as Business Development Coordinator, replacing the retiring Vice President of Operations Dick Johnson.
Marketing and Communications chief Michelle Smith will remain in that role.
Schmidt and Gary Smith have both been interviewed by WGIL. More details on their comments soon.
Stay with WGIL News and WGIL.com for more on this story.
(Tom Schmidt, GREDA Chairman, presents the keys to the former Gale Products building to Chunlei Dong, China Railways Material-USA president, in August. GREDA had used the building as a business incubator. WGIL News Story and File Photo by Will Stevenson.)
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