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|CSC Board Votes to Support GREDA
|Members of the Galesburg City Council and the Knox County Board may not think too highly of the Galesburg Regional Economic Development Association these days, but a unit of government representing ten counties sure does.
The Carl Sandburg College Board of Trustees Tuesday night approved renewing its service agreement with GREDA; it will take effect January first and cost $5,000 dollars a year for three-years.
CSC President Tom Schmidt, who serves on the GREDA board, says the way he sees it, there's no reason NOT to work with GREDA. "We believe in cooperative alliances which support economic development activities," Schmidt said. "We believe that community colleges are vital to economic and workforce development. 28% of college operating revenues flow to Carl Sandburg College in the form of local tax revenue, which is driven in large measure by the Equalized Assessed Value of the district. Economic development and growth directly benefits our students and taxpayers."
Schmidt says he believes the region is blessed with having well-staffed, and well-operated economic development entities like GREDA. After the unanimous vote, the CSC board applauded GREDA, with longtime board member Tom Coclasure saying despite the public and some media criticism of the organization recently, in economic times like these, the college can't afford NOT to be on board with GREDA.
The CSC Board Tuesday also approved resolutions congratulating both the college's athletic programs for all the success they've had, and the college's IT department for all of their hard work.
|11 19 08 by Newsroom
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