GEDC supporters turned out to enjoy the lake, fantastic food provided by Maria's Ristorante, and excellent company at the GEDC summer event on August 3 despite some temperamental weather. Many thanks to the businesses, elected officials, and community leaders for your sustaining support of the GEDC and economic development in Grundy County. It takes a village, and it was great to see everyone together!
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I-80 Rebuild and Renewal Underway
The work to rebuild sixteen miles of I-80 in Will and Grundy Counties has begun.
The $1.2 billion project includes the extension of Houbolt Road across the Des Plaines River, rehabilitation or replacement of over thirty bridges including the I-80 Des Plaines River bridges, as well as interchange and mainline reconstructions.
The project will proceed in phases, with Grundy County's section of the roadway slated for work in 2023. The rebuild is planned to be completed by 2028.
A Great 10th Year for the Summer Internship Program
It was a fantastic tenth season for the Grundy County Internship Program. 24 interns and 11 organizations participated in the program. A huge thank you to all of the organizations which employed interns this summer!
A recognition reception on Tuesday, August 9 honored the interns and thanked the participating organizations. Senator Sue Rezin provided certificates of recognition from the Illinois Senate to all participants and Lance Copes, GAVC Director, emphasized the value of the program to the community, the students, and the companies.
An extra special thank you to Sophie Pfaff, GEDC intern for a second season, for her fantastic work this summer. One of Sophie's projects during her time with the GEDC was the creation of the Intern Insights Interview Series. Click here to hear about some of the interns' experiences this summer.
If your organization would like to participate next summer, contact the GEDC office.
One Step Closer to Passenger Rail through Morris
Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Brings Attention and Funding to Passenger Rail Projects
State and local leaders held a press conference at Morris' retired passenger rail station on July 21 to announce that plans to connect Peoria to Chicago via Amtrack, with intermediate stops to include Morris, are progressing. Results from surveys conducted earlier this year are in and show that 83.2% of over 31,000 respondents would "very likely" use the service. The committee will next seek inclusion in the Corridor Identification and Development Program administered by the Federal Railroad Administration. Click here for more information.
Prospects and Projects
Two rail-served Grundy County sites were submitted to Intersect Illinois for a prospect seeking a location with significant acreage.
Project Blue - A blue ammonia plant is seeking 150 acres with access to significant volumes of natural gas. Sites were submitted to Intersect Illinois.
Project Green - A specialty plastics manufacturing company is seeking a rail-served site of at least 100 acres. Sites were submitted to Intersect Illinois.
Project Mid-Process - A heavy industrial processing and fabrication company is seeking 30 rail-served acres. Sites were submitted to Intersect Illinois.
Congratulations to Dr. Judy Mitchell, JJC's 9th President, on her retirement. Dr. Mitchell has been employed by the College for over 25 years, and she has served as President since 2016. Congratulations to Dr. Clyne Namuo as he steps into his role as the 10th President of JJC. For more information about Dr. Namuo, click here.
ComEd announced its Beneficial Electrification (BE) Plan to support the state's Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) goals. ComEd proposes to commit $100 million annually over threeyears to fund programs and rebates, reducing barriers to EV adoption and ensuring an equitable energy transition by focusing on environmental justice and low-income communities. Click here for more information.
This year's Illinois Basic Economic Development Course (BEDC) will take place at Nicor's Headquarters from October 17-21. Nancy will be teaching a portion of the course, and Monica will be attending this year thanks to a generous scholarship provided by ComEd. Thank you, ComEd and Nicor for supporting professional growth in economic development!