Illinois - Greater Egypt Regional Planning & Development Commission
As a result of the collaboration fostered through the CEDS process, the Greater Egypt Regional Planning & Development Commission, over its 50-year history, has been able to help diversify and grow the region’s economy by helping to attract more than $350 million in private sector investment that has helped to create more than 7,000 jobs for local citizens. Impressive projects have been generated as a result of this regional focus in Southern Illinois.
For example, In September 2014, EDA invested $1.2 million in Public Works funding to realign roadway at the Southern Illinois Airport Authority to develop approximately 65 acres of airport property to support a High Tech Zone. Today, this project is attracting aviation, automotive and technology transfer businesses and is stimulating increased regional export capacity.
In addition, the facility houses a workforce training facility for aviation related occupations, including plane maintenance and repair. This project was truly a collaborative effort, partnering with the Airport Authority, but also the Greater Egypt Economic Development District, Southern Illinois University, and the Jackson County Growth alliance.