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Background Information

Employment History

Economic Developer
Illinois Department of Commerce

Senior Account Manager
Illinois Department of Commerce

Manager
Illinois Department of Commerce

Mayor
WGIL

President and Co-founder
Hispanic Latino Resource Group

Senior Engineer
Maytag Corp.

Community Leader
City of Galesburg

Fire and Police Commissioner
City of Galesburg

Manager of the Department of Workforce Development Division
Economic Opportunity

Senior Account Manager
Economic Opportunity

Part of the State's Economic Development Opportunity Returns Team for the West Central Region
Economic Opportunity

Affiliations

Board of Trustees
WTVP

Board Member
United Way of Knox County

Board Member
NATIONAL RAILROAD HALL OF FAME

Board Member
Illinois Association of Hispanic State Employees

Executive Board Member
Illinois Association of Hispanic State Employees

Board Member
Western IL Police Training Unit

Education



Galesburg Senior High



Hamilton Technical College



Carl Sandburg College



St. Ambrose University

Web References (173 Total References)


"I didn't bring a bag of ...

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"I didn't bring a bag of money with me, so it's not a sure thing," replied Salvador Garza, a representative with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

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Garza said the hope is that by the end of the year some Henderson County residents will begin to see some of the grant dollar funds go into their pockets.
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"I didn't bring a bag of money with me, so it's not a sure thing," replied Salvador Garza, a representative with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
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Garza said the hope is that by the end of the year some Henderson County residents will begin to see some of the grant dollar funds go into their pockets.


WTVP - Headlines

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Mr. Salvador Garza of Galesburg was elected as a new trustee and will serve a three-year term. Mr. Garza is an economic developer for the Illinois Department of Commerce-Economic Development.


WIEDP

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Twenty-five new union jobs - in warehousing/distribution - were recently added at the factory on U.S. 150 between Galesburg and Knoxville after the local plant won a competition with "four or five" other Gates Rubber facilities, according to Sal Garza, senior account manager for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. read more

New Job Creation at Gates Aided by Prairie Tech and DCEO Through the assistance of the DCEO Opportunity Returns Regional Economic Developer, Sal Garza, Prairie Tech was able to offer Gates $12,500 of the grant funds to offset 50% of the training cost associated with bringing on new staff at the Galesburg Facility. read more


Register-Mail.com - Galesburg Register-Mail Online

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Sal Garza, a 20-year employee at Maytag's Galesburg facility, said this morning he was not surprised by the announcement.Garza was a senior engineer at the Galesburg facility when Maytag announced it was closing the local plant in October 2002.

Garza said he was "disheartened with the news of the Galesburg facility closure," and opted for a different career path rather than transfer as he believed other Maytag facilities would experience a similar scaling back.Garza now serves as the manager of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity's regional economic development division.
"I'm concerned for the people that made it their livelihood," said Garza, adding he had a good career at Maytag and enjoyed his job with the company.


WTVP - Headlines

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Mr. Salvador Garza

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Peoria, IL - WTVP 47-TV is pleased to announce the election of Mr. Salvador Garza of Galesburg to the Board of Trustees of the Illinois Valley Public Telecommunications Corporation (IVPTC)-the governing body of Central Illinois' public television station WTVP. Mr. Garza, an economic developer for the Illinois Department of Commerce-Economic Development, will serve a three-year term as an At Large member.
Mr. Garza is a dynamic community leader involved in many area civic, educational and charitable activities and is sought out for Board membership by many organizations.
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Mr. Garza was nominated to the IVPTC board by Galesburg-area businessman, restaurateur and entrepreneur Jay Matson.
Born in Zaragoza, Mexico, Garza moved to Galesburg with his family when he was a child. Starting at age 7, his summers were spent as a migrant worker in the Princeville area and Wisconsin. He graduated from Galesburg Senior High at age 17 and began an eight-year stint in the United States Marine Corps. While serving in the Reserves, he started as a production worker for the Admiral Company and continued his education at Carl Sandburg College, St. Ambrose University and Hamilton Technical College in the evenings. He continued in his career through many promotions to become a Senior Engineer with the Maytag Corporation that had purchased Admiral many years since. After more than 20 years with Maytag, he chose to pursue another passion: community revitalization and economic and workforce development.
Garza received an appointment from the Governor in 2004 to lead the State of Illinois Workforce Development effort through the Opportunity Returns Economic Development initiative. He had responsibilities for all 102 Illinois counties overseeing workforce projects and staff. In 2005, he moved over to an economic development position serving the Western Illinois Region.
Garza, a naturalized citizen, is a dedicated family man and community leader. He and his wife of 22 years, Eva, have three children: Amelia, Sergio and Sofia.

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