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|GREDA Signs City Agreement
|The GREDA Annual Meeting and Dinner took place last night at Knox College where a who's who of Galesburg leadership was in attendance.
After dinner was served, Mayor Sal Garza and GREDA Board Chairman Mark Blackburn signed an agreement which was approved by the Galesburg City Council several weeks ago.
The Agreement links GREDA and the City in a three year, 25-thousand dollar per year agreement - which would subsidize GREDA in surveying and travelling to meet with businesses.
GREDA President Tom Schmidt tells WGIL he's excited and optimistic about the plan.
"We want to hold ourselves accountable to what we say we're going to do and we wanted to enable the City to hold us accountable," says Schmidt. "The scope of work is fairly narrow, I do believe we have the skill sets to get done what they're interested in. It overlays significantly what our interests are as a regional economic development organization so I really do think it's going to be a good marriage."
Following the meeting, those in attendance walked across the Knox Campus to listen to a speech from Mark Cane.
Cane agreed to speak after health complications prevented planned speaker Bill Greenwood from attending the event.
Cane is the former CEO of Amtrak intercity and was involved in BNSF.
He tells WGIL he wanted to express the importance of teams pursuing common causes.
"One of the great things that an organization like GREDA does is get the business community, the academic community, other aspects of the community on the same page and work as a team to push a common cause and that's critical," says Cane.
GREDA says they have a balanced budget for 2013 and have a full staff to implement it.
The agreement with the City leaves an "out clause" if aldermen aren't pleased with GREDA's services.
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