Barry I. Matherly, President and CEO of Hickey Global presented the final draft of the Economic Development Strategic Plan to the Economic Development and Annexation Committee on December 6, 2023. Barry shared this picture and the following story that brought home the care and diligence of one of our Belleville Businesses:
“My son-in-law is in the Army. We always say, we go to see my daughter and him, although now we go to see my new granddaughter. This is the real reason we are spending six times more time in travelling far to visit them, than we used to. This Fall I thought it would help them, due to being under stress as new parents, for me to mow the yard. I went into his shed to get the lawnmower, and these boots were the first thing I saw on the shelf. A pair of Belleville Boots, from the Belleville Boot Company! I thought this was interesting. Their tag line is, “The Belleville Difference”. I felt that was very appropriate, at least in my son-in-law’s life. I asked him about it, as he works in nuclear, chemical, and biological warfare. There are specialty boots made for every military field out there. It was nice to see a connection to Belleville, even from so far away. The effects from Belleville, not only from Belleville companies, but from the Belleville people make a difference, not only in this community but even in communities far away.”
Barry I. Matherly, CEcD, FM, HLM President & CEO, Hickey Global
"The effects from Belleville, not only from Belleville companies, but from the Belleville people make a difference, not only in this community but even in communities far away.”
The development of plans, policies, and programs reflecting a structured and strategic commitment to retain, expand, and attract business and industry that contributes to economic growth throughout the community and region.
The City’s Vision
To further grow a vibrant, inviting, and recognized community that implements regional and community-based strategies to enhance sustainable growth and economic opportunities.