By: Diane Benjamin
I recently had some time to read through the minutes of CIRA Board meetings and other information on their website.
Discussion about extending the soccer lease took place in March: http://cira.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/March-14-2017-minutes.pdf
Normal has every intention of forcing its citizens to pay for the proposed complex:
I found another item that is even more interesting:
3,171 more people got on planes than got off.
Some people do fly somewhere and drive back. Maybe flights are cheaper flying to a different airport and taking other transportation home. Maybe people also fly out because they moved.
Are people leaving?
Normal pays the Economic Development Council:
EDC OF B-N AREA MONTHLY CONTRIBUTION $8,333.33
Bloomington paid the same in May:
BLOOMINGTON NORMAL AREA Eco Develp To EDC $8,333.33
The EDC organizes the One Voice trips to DC to beg for money, holds the BN By the Numbers lunches, and they produce economic impact numbers and other data. One of their reports is population: https://www.bnbiz.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/2016.pdf
This is from a report labeled 2016, so it must be current even though it uses 2015 data.
Note this report shows growth continuing to 2020.
The EDC told Normal their population in 2015 was 54,594.
According to this site: https://suburbanstats.org/population/illinois/how-many-people-live-in-normal
Normal has lost 2,097 people.
The EDC told Bloomington their population in 2015 as 78,730.
According to this site: https://suburbanstats.org/population/illinois/how-many-people-live-in-bloomington
Bloomington has lost 2,120 people.
Grand Total of lost people: 4,217.
Now look at who is on the Board of Directors of the EDC: https://www.bnbiz.org/about/board-of-directors/
No clues – click the link! How many have an economic interest in wearing rose-colored glasses instead of facing reality?
Ever heard the saying Garbage In – Garbage Out?