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Regional economic development group wants to bring industry to the three-county area

Posted by wlpo on February 11, 2015

Attracting new industry to La Salle, Bureau, and Putnam Counties has become a regional effort. A group of public officials and business people have been meeting for a year to create a regional economic development group.

The group so far is just an interim committee but they want create a 13 to 15 member executive board according to Jeff Clawson, the City Manager of Princeton. Clawson says the idea came out of a discussion started by the Illinois Valley Chamber of Commerce, but the new group would be different from the chamber.  Clawson says it would be proactive in attracting business.

Clawson and Hennepin Mayor Kevin Coleman Tuesday night shared the group’s vision with the La Salle City Council. La Salle is one of many local towns they want to join them. Membership would cost a community approximately $1.30 per resident and towns are being asked to join for three years.

For La Salle that would be $12,000 a year.  La Salle Mayor Jeff Grove says he appreciates them coming to talk to the city council.  Grove, nor any aldermen indicated whether they think La Salle should get involved.

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