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|County Board Finance Committee Approves New GREDA Contract
|After many meetings, the feelings finally may have shifted in the Galesburg Regional Economic Development Association debate. The Knox County board finance committee met Wednesday night to, among other things, approve and discuss the GREDA contract. GREDA Board Chairman Bob Fulton was on hand to present the finance committee with a binder of materials providing the board with some insight into the program and what is currently being done to promote the city to interested parties. The binder included a quarterly newsletter, a handbook of business services, a informational DVD on the Galesburg community, a summary of prospects, and letters that praise GREDA and the work they do. The prospect report included both active and future prospects.
Fulton told the board that GREDA is doing their job with the money they have been given. "There HAVE been jobs created in Galesburg," Fulton said. "There HAVE been jobs created in a terrible economic climate. So I think GREDA has been far more successful. But maybe we've blown our own horn, and definitely more than we've been given credit for, I think, at times."
The committee voted five to two to approve a new GREDA contract to be modified again before it is presented to the Knox County Board next week for a full vote. The new contract is for one year at a cost of $30,000. But this time, the Knox County Board board would be allowed to appoint a representative to the GREDA executive board effective immediately. Dr. William Abel and Steve Johnson were the only members of the committee who voted against funding the economic development group. Wayne Saline told the finance committee he's sure the communication aspect with GREDA will improve and when business is bad, that's when you need to go out and get it.
|11 19 08 by Newsroom
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