July 24, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $70,000 for Strategic Economic Planning in Western Illinois


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $70,000 in federal funding today to help create jobs and support economic development throughout Western Illinois. This funding is provided by the Economic Development District Planning Program, a program within the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) that assists communities as they develop and implement plans to enhance their local economies.

“It’s important for local communities and business leaders to have access to the resources they need to create opportunities that drive economic development in Western Illinois,” Duckworth said. “These investments will go a long way toward helping revitalize parts of our state that could use a boost, and I will continue working closely with Senator Durbin to secure additional investments that strengthen local economies across our state.”

“This federal funding will help give Western Illinois communities the tools to reach their economic goals and incentivize local investment,” Durbin said. “Senator Duckworth and I will continue working to ensure that all parts of our state have access to these critical federal investments that drive growth.”

Under today’s announcement, the Western Illinois Regional Council (McDonough, Fulton, Hancock, Henderson, Knox and Warren Counties) will receive $70,000. The Council will use this funding to develop a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) in coordination with the EDA – a process that brings the public and private sectors working together to produce a blueprint for economic prosperity that improves the quality of life for community members throughout the region.