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By Cynthia Haggitt
Jersey County Journal
Working together is what sets a city apart unlike all others-Jerseyville sets the bar high and continues succeeding in attracting tourism, new business and a place for familes to put down roots.
C.D. Davidsmeyer, a member of the Illinois House of Representatives, came and gave opening remarks about the City Center Park Development project during the ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, Aug 20.
“I think what Jerseyville is doing today, is recognizing something that I think the majority of the citizens of the area already understand, that Jerseyville is a great place to live, work, play, settle or visit,” Davidsmeyer said. “Right now It’s a great place to be.”
Davidsmeyer points out that Jerseyville’s economic growth has come a long way thanks to ideas put forth by Mayor Robert Russel and his staff. He mentioned how the amount of hard work, effort and planning by city officials, such as Bob Mann and Sherri Albrecht, has evolved from an idea to 28 blocks of success.
“The City Center Park Project, going from a number of a dozen empty buildings to having them built and not only the government and the vision, but the individuals who have taken the time and their own personal money to put into these businesses to grow and to invest in this. It’s great to see. I want to say, as an elected official from the state of Illinois, that I love to see local individuals, local communities taking upon themselves,” Davidsmeyer said. “There was no point where Billy(Mayor Russel) came to me and said, hey, I need the state to do this and it did happen right here. The community itself took it upon themselves to do this. The city, the individuals who put their own money into it.”
And I want to say congratulations to everybody. I look forward to spending a lot more time down here.”