Galesburg’s top elected official says Knoxville has nothing to worry about when it comes to the new public-private economic development partnership being developed.
Mayor and WGIL owner John Pritchard is addressing concerns raised by Knoxville aldermen that they are not going to be a part of the nine-member board of directors of the new partnership, like they were a voting member of the Galesburg Regional Economic Development Association.
Pritchard says Knoxville can still be a paying member of the new organization, and still have a voice. He tells WGIL the new partnership can’t have as board as big as GREDA.
“The [GREDA executive] board was, I think, about 35 board members,” Pritchard said. “At a board meeting, you really can’t operate as a board. If you’re going to take up the discussion of any issue, it’s pretty much impossible with that many people.”
Pritchard says a Knoxville representative would be a non-voting member of the board of directors under the new make-up, should they want to join.
That said, he understands Knoxville’s concern. The city of Galva is also a member of GREDA, and Pritchard says they would have a similar non-voting role if they wanted to join.