U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin have announced $70,000 in federal funding to help the South Central Illinois Regional Planning Commission.
The funding will be used to establish an economic development planning framework that supports private capital investment and job creation in the Marion, Clay, Effingham, Fayette and Jasper Counties.
Duckworth says by providing local communities and business leaders with federal resources enable them to create opportunities to revitalize economic development in South Central Illinois.
Durbin says this federal funding is the next step in ensuring that people in Southern Illinois and across the state have good-paying jobs.
The two say they will continue to work together to ensure that Illinois has the federal resources it needs to boost our local communities and economies.
South Central Regional Planning Commission Executive Director James Patrick says this funding will provide important technical assistance to the commission to help offset some of their costs, and it is much appreciated.