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Rockford City Council discusses EDEEN plan

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ROCKFORD (WREX) -

Aldermen come one vote short of approving a new economic plan for the city of Rockford.

Accountability and measurement are two things aldermen say are missing from the proposed agreement between the city and EDEEN a group charged with deciding how to spend the city's development funding.

"It's a work in progress everything isn't all decided."

Rockford Area Economic Development Council President Janyce Fadden knows this is just a step on the path to making the economic development education and entrepreneurship network or EDEEN a reality.

"It's something new and it will shape, with the council's assistance it's something that will shape the city."

Several council members spoke out tonight against the proposal's current form saying there was too much overlap and it lacked accountability. Something Fadden says her group plans to address.

"What's happening is people are speaking with each other and talking about what they're working on so we don't repeat each other and through that process we're learning of each other's assets could be used."

Alderman Tim Durkee says there's a simple solution that could make the plan do-able.

"Can we use metrics to show that activity x results in outcome y."

Both sides believe combining business groups to improve the city's economy is a good thing.

"Take the development funds that we have for the city and put under one funding umbrella with an organizational structure that will actually enhance effectiveness, reduce redundancies, and measure outcomes," said Durkee.

Some of the groups that make up EDEEN include RAVE, READC, and the Rockford Area Arts Council.

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