Galesburg garners regional support for Caterpillar plant

February 3, 2012 03:21 PM
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The city of Galesburg will run a full page Letter of Appreciation and Invitation to Caterpillar Inc. in Sunday’s Peoria Star Journal. The letter will detail the many assets and advantages a Galesburg site would offer Caterpillar as it conducts a search for a small track type tractor and mini excavator manufacturing site. Galesburg Mayor Sal Garza said the purpose of the letter is, "to let Caterpillar know that Galesburg and West Central Illinois is open for business, and we are a perfect site for their new manufacturing plant, offering tremendous advantages.  Additionally, we have received a multitude of letters from municipalities and other partners in the region expressing support for a Galesburg location, and that regional support should hopefully mean something to Caterpillar. It’s not just Galesburg, but the entire region that would welcome Caterpillar here."
 
The city received overwhelming responses from municipalities, educational institutions, economic development organizations, and our Federal and State  legislators.  All letters of support received by the city of Galesburg will be delivered to Caterpillar management next week. 
 
Mayor Garza expressed thanks to all the supporters of Galesburg’s proposed project, and stated that, "For economic development to succeed in our region we all need to collaborate and support one another. This is a great sign that a regional effort to economic development can be mounted, and when fully in place, can lead to real progress."
 
Caterpillar has indicated that they plan to make a decision sometime in March, and until then, Mayor Garza promises that, "we will make sure that Galesburg and the region puts its best foot forward in competing for this plant."   
 
 

 

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