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|Nevada Man Wants to Create 10,000 Jobs in Galesburg
|It may seem far fetched, but a Nevada man continues to insist he can create thousands of jobs in Galesburg...if people will just get behind him.
Robert Alan Kemp met with a smalll group of local residents Wednesday night at the Galesburg Labor Temple. He's behind the Nevada Central Railroad, a company he's formed that he says will build the first heavy high speed rail cars for freight traffic, and says he wants to use both the former Maytag and Butler plants to do it, and create 10,500 jobs.
Sure, Kemp says it may sound crazy, but his plan will work...except for one thing...the government. Kemp told the crowd that every government entity he's dealt with, from the city to the federal government, doesn't want the project to work.
Kemp says apparently, the government doesn't believe in what would be a real economic recovery plan. He says the city is too interested in picking up federal grants than doing actual work.
He says he picked Galesburg for no other reason than the proximity to Chicago, and says he's been trying to get this project off the ground since 2003, a year after it was first announced that the Maytag plant would close.
Kemp says Galesburg is one of three sites he's picked for the building of such a high speed rail system nationwide, with two more sites to be selected.
He says if everything fell into place, it could be as soon as six months before work to build the plants would begin.
Some in the crowd were optimistic, but at least one local businessman who refused to be interviewed said "This guy's crazy."
(Nevada Central Railroad CEO Robert Alan Kemp spoke to a group at the Galesburg Labor Temple Wednesday evening. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
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