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Knoxville Alderman Still Have Concerns Over New GREDA Deal

WGIL Newsroom . Local News 243

Knoxville Alderman Jim McGovern did not hold back about how he feels regarding Galesburg and the Galesburg Regional Economic Development Associations new public private partnership.
McGovern was specifically talking about the six member business community board, which he told aldermen three of those people included the Knox County Chairman, Galesburg Mayor and the Galesburg City Manager, but it was unclear to him why more weren’t chosen as members.

“I don’t understand why, the Mayor of Knoxville, Galva, Abingdon, Monmouth wasn’t included in that board.”

McGovern told aldermen there’s some fear within the outlying communities that they’ll have very little say in any economic development under the new partnership, but he says he’s does have some ideas of ways to keep economic development alive for the smaller communities.

“Trying to get with some of the smaller communities that maybe use the services of GREDA and create our own economic development committee, like were we know then where we were donating money that it would be used for our purposes.”

McGovern urged aldermen to think about where they want to go with economic development.
He told them they’re going to have to come up with an answer sooner rather than later.