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|Galesburg Aldermen to Start Post-GREDA Economic Development Discussion Monday
|City of Galesburg administrators say they're not wasting any time trying to figure out how to do large-scale economic development without the entity that has been doing it for them for a long time.
City Manager Dane Bragg tells WGIL's "Galesburg Live" the council will have the first in what likely will be a number of work sessions on how to do economic development Monday night -- weeks after the council voted to terminate its contract with the Galesburg Regional Economic Development Association effective in March.
Bragg tells WGIL he wants aldermen to start thinking about what THEY think the city needs in economic development work. "I've had Cesar Suarez, our Economic Development Director, put together a list of all of the different services, programs, whatever we can think of that's out there as far as economic development," Bragg said. "What I'm asking the council to do is to rank which services they feel are important to be provided, irrespective of who provides them, but whether it's important if they are provided."
Bragg says aldermen need to decide what should be at the top of their priority list, then later they'll have to decide assess whether those services should be provided by the city or some other agency.
Bragg says he believes the issue of GREDA has become extremely personal, but now is the time to take a step back and determine exactly what the city's economic development agenda is.
The city was paying GREDA $75,000 a year for economic development services.
"Galesburg Live" airs weekdays at 9am on Galesburg Radio 14 WGIL.
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