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|GREDA Searches for New President
|POSTED 12:15pm, UPDATED 3:15pm 11/21/08 The Galesburg Regional Economic Development Association is taking what its Chairman believes is a big step toward improving its image among members of the community, and among those that the organization seeks money from.
Bob Fulton says a restructuring of GREDA will begin immediately now that the executive committee approved it Friday, which includes the selection of a new president to replace Greg Mangieri.
Fulton tells WGIL the new president of GREDA will really be the face of the organization. "What we're looking for is more of a public relations, economic development-type director, someone whose strengths are more in line with that," Fulton said, "versus what Greg's strengths are, which is railroad operations, logistics, warehousing, stuff like that."
Fulton says Mangieri will remain as interim president for now, and will continue to be employed with GREDA when the reorganization is complete. He says he's willing to look as long as its takes for a new president, but he'd much prefer having someone hired sooner rather than later.
Fulton also says Linda Utsinger's position as GREDA Vice President for Business Development was eliminated as part of the restructuring.
GREDA has been the subject of much scrutiny in recent years, ranging from an alleged lack of progress over finding tenants for Logistics Park Galesburg, to allegations now proven unfounded that GREDA misappropriated state grant money given to the Galesburg Entrepreneurship Center.
(Greg Mangieri, now Interim GREDA President. Submitted photo.)
(Bob Fulton, GREDA Chairman. Submitted photo.)
|11 21 08 by Newsroom
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