PRINCETON — During Monday’s city council meeting, Mayor Joel Quiram introduced the city’s new business development committee.
Reading from a prepared statement, Quiram said the new committee will replace Princeton’s industrial development committee, which has been a “mainstay of various city committees for many years.”
“Its primary purpose was centered on promoting Princeton and recruiting industry to town,” he said.
“The new business development committee will not be centered on industry, but will instead be much broader by focusing on all businesses and business opportunities in Princeton.”
Areas the committee will focus on are marketing Princeton, business recruitment and development, and business retention and expansion.
Quiram added the committee will not be limited to those areas of focus.
“Our community is progressively moving forward. Our Main Street has not been as vibrant as it is today since the 1960s (and) 1970s. Centering on tourism has been successful. Princeton Tourism and participating merchants airing commercials in the Quad Cities has and continues to bring many visitors and repeat visitors from the western area of the state,” Quiram said.
“Enhancing the look of Main Street to, in part, complement the new boutiques, shops, stores and restaurants has provided a significant boost. This new committee will provide our community and its businesses with added support with a goal of sustainability, growth and ongoing success,” he said.
Many of the members who sat on the former industrial development committee have agreed to stay on for the new focus of the group.
All four city council members were contacted Tuesday morning to share their thoughts about the new committee.
Council member Laura Favia returned a phone call by press time and said the new business development committee was a wonderful opportunity for the city, and it will allow stakeholders to have a vested interest in what’s going on business wise in Princeton.
Council member Ray Swanson also returned a phone call by press time and said he “wasn’t really informed of the new committee” before it was introduced.
“We didn’t really have any communication from the mayor regarding this new change, so I guess it could be good, it could be bad. Time will tell, but like I said, we didn’t really have any information. It was kind of all new to us last night,” he said.