Editor’s notes:
Atlanta land purchase
Peoria Region Economic Development Council and CEDS

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[November 20, 2017] 


In reference to the comments about the Atlanta Interstate Development made by a guest at Thursday evening’s meeting:

Lincoln Daily News recognizes and respects that the process of attracting a commercial development is a technical and often long process, and any business deal can become tenuous for any number of legitimate reasons while working out terms. Government and economic development entities, as well as private businesses, typically do not release names of businesses they are in negotiations with during the exploratory period. Doing so can damage trusts.

When terms are relatively agreeable, then it can be expected that it would be brought forth to the public awareness. Even then those potential projects may be subject to failure.

It can also be expected that the public would be invited to weigh in opinion during public hearing processes as projects move closer to potential reality.

The following is documentation about the land purchased by the city of Atlanta:

According to Atlanta City Council minutes, on March 15, 2017, the Atlanta City Council agreed to purchase 15 acres near Interstate 55. Five aldermen - Billie Cheek, Amber Finchum, Bob Polley, Adam McVey and Matt Clemmons voted yes. Alderman Bill Moore voted no.

The council also voted to hire Giebelhausen Group LLC, with the same voting outcome. Giebelhausen is a Peoria based commercial real estate developer who has worked successfully with the city of Bloomington in recent years.
At the conclusion of the meeting Alderman Moore resigned the council. http://www. atlantaillinois.org/2017.html

The city of Atlanta also has an Economic Development Commission. The last recorded minutes of the Atlanta EDC are for Aug. 31, 2017. The agenda lists: A. Interstate 55 Interchange Project – Proposed business. http://www.atlanta illinois.org/atlanta-economic-development-committee.html

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Other references pertinent to economic development and CEDS

What is the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) and why is it important for your community to have one?

Professional Report - Greater Peoria EDC  (2012, while waiting approval to admit Logan County)

Lincoln-Logan County Comprehensive Economic Development Plan

Past articles related to CEDS

·         November 2008 -- Lincoln and Logan County leaders work to advance economic opportunities
CEDS access in motion, opens avenue to federal development funds

·         March 2009 -- County eyes April 27 for big 10-year plan
Brainstorming CEDS projects to begin


·         April 2009 -- Lincoln: Brainstorming for CEDS
New fire station, street repairs and upgrades identified as top priorities

·         April 2009 -- Logan County gathers ideas for future growth

·         May 2009 -- Street repairs, good drinking water and drainage top 'want' lists in northern Logan County

·         May 2009 -- Mount Pulaski and Emden weigh in on community needs

·         February 2013 -- Discussion opens to implement Logan County CEDS

·         February 2013 -- Logan County committee reviews support for CEDS and Lincoln TIF district

Past articles related to Fifth Street Road

·         May 2006 -- County calls special meeting to discuss Fifth Street
(City to take over urban section)

·         January 2013 -- Forgy outlines 5-year capital improvement plan for city streets
(Fifth Street Road in plan for fiscal 2016)

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