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11/8/2012 2:22:00 PM
Ottawa council weighing deal to spur business, write grants

Tom Collins
NewsTribune Senior Reporter

OTTAWA — Ottawa will bring in a pair of consultants to boost the city’s economic development efforts and to help write grant applications.

Tuesday, the Ottawa City Council placed on file a pair of contracts with The Retail Coach LLC and EMS Midwest LLC.

The Retail Coach specializes in matching cities with retail outlets and will be retained to attract retail development to the city’s north side. The contract is for 18 months at a cost of $47,500.

The council also is considering an agreement with EMS to prepare grant applications, primarily for state moneys. The agreement is for 12 months at a monthly stipend of $3,000.

Mayor Bob Eschbach noted that EMS is a consulting firm headed by Jeff Toricelli, with whom the city has previously worked and who has experience with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Tom Collins can be reached at (815) 220-6930 or

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