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|Lawmaker Encourages New Community Mindset
|A local legislator says he has plenty to be thankful for in the community this holiday season. 74th District Representative Don Moffitt shared his many thanks with those who attended the 31st annual Community Thanksgiving Luncheon put on by the Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce Monday.
Moffitt took time to be thankful for all the great things the community has to offer including the many new and well established businesses across his district that are able to hire local people to fill the jobs. He mentioned how the area is in a unique time and in a window of opportunity with both the state's capital bill and the federal economic stimulus package coming to fruition.
Moffitt says as good as things are beginning to go for the area, some still think it's not enough.
"I realize that after making the announcement to the community of the $88.5 million of capital projects in Galesburg, someone might think or say, yes but - you didn't get a new factory, yes but - you didn't bring an ethanol plant. I think we should look at it this way, you see things as they are and you ask why, but I dream things that never were and I ask why not."
Moffitt said the quote from George Bernard Shaw, and frequently used by Senator Robert Kennedy, should be the entire community's motto. He said the community needs to embrace the vision and have a mindset not of yes but, but instead why not.
He said he would like to see Galesburg use it's trains and the Railroad Hall of Fame to become an anchor of what he calls a tourism corridor between the John Deere Commons in Moline and Caterpillar Museum in Peoria, which he would call the Tractors, Trains and Tracks corridor.
|11 25 09 by Newsroom
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