By: Diane Benjamin
Bloomington budgeted $2,683,206.28 this year for Economic Development. https://blnnews.com/2016/05/24/pretending-to-create-success/
Today I finally had a chance to glance at the latest copy of Illinois County Living Magazine. I only get it because I’m a Corn Belt Energy customer.
The cover is “Get Your Kicks on Route 66”. Here’s a link to the story: http://icl.coop/get-kicks-route-66/
I will wait while you read it.
Waiting . . . . . .
Okay, I know you aren’t reading it. You should it’s a great article about the Red Carpet Corridor Festival and the 13 communities that participate. It starts in Joliet and ends in Towanda!
No Bloomington. One mention of the first Steak’n Shake being in Normal, but nothing about the property Normal taxpayers just bought in NE Normal.
So taxpayers are forced to fund the Convention and Visitors Bureau, BN Advantage, Downtown Bloomington Association, and Economic Development Council, plus a full-time employee, but nobody thought to get included this year?
The management of the History Museum didn’t bother to get included either? (They are getting $70,000 from taxpayers)
Maybe they didn’t qualify as being a good enough to add.
Remember when Tari and crew were touting how many visitors would be streaming into Bloomington from all over the world because of the Visitors Center? Numbers ranged from 40,000-60,000 people a year. The article has some interesting numbers about Pontiac. Since the Route 66 Association of Illinois if located in Pontiac, that’s where the best attractions are:
Attendance at their museum in 2009: 11,220 of which more than 4,000 were from abroad
In 2015 attendance was more than 25,000 and about 7,000 were international visitors
Good numbers for a year, but the article talked about the Festival – where a lot of this traffic comes from.
Since Bloomington wasn’t included in the festival, all those people didn’t come here. The event was June 11-12.
What do you get for $2,683,206.28?