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|Knox County Board Approves Funding for GREDA
|Months and months of debate and discussion over funding for the Galesburg Regional Economic Development Association came to an end at Tuesday night's Knox County Board meeting.
GREDA will finally receive funding from Knox County. The county board approved the modified contract by a vote of 10-4.
The new contract is a one year deal worth $30,000, and it includes provisions that include GREDA providing at least three reports a quarter to the Knox County Board, as well as having a Knox County Board member on GREDA's executive board.
GREDA Chairman Bob Fulton spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting and explained to the board that GREDA would like to have an active, participating and performing member on their board.
Fulton tells WGIL he's happy the funding's been approved, and now there's a lot of work to be done.
"I'm pleased with the decision of the county board," Fulton said. "I'm going to make sure that we do our darndest to live up to their expectations, because I think we've got a good story to tell and we just need to tell it."
The board members voting against the funding package were Lowell Mannhardt, Steven Johnson, Paul Stewart and Rick Sandoval. Stewart was conflicted with his vote, saying that there's a lot of good that comes from GREDA, but his constituents were coming to him with concerns about the organization. Johnson said he was happy with the recent developments regarding the reorganizing of the GREDA administration, but said he just couldnt support the full funding package at this time.
(Bob Fulton, GREDA Chairman, speaks to the Galesburg City Council Earlier this month. Fulton spoke to the Knox County Board Tuesday Night. (WGIL News File Photo.)
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