Kankakee County gains funding for economic development

                                U.S. Congresswoman Robin Kelly delivers for east-central Illinois

U.S. Representative Robin Kelly announced the approval of $4,116,279 for economic development in Kankakee County. Rep. Kelly secured this funding allocation as part of the Fiscal Year 2024 government appropriations package.  This funding will go to the Area Jobs Development Association Inc.as part of its David Bradley Industrial Park Incubator Rehabilitation Project. This project will make substantial structural improvements including roof replacement and repairs, parking lot reconstruction, and loading dock and elevator restoration to ensure safe working conditions for current employees.

“I am delighted to support robust economic development in Kankakee County as it emerges as one of our state’s fastest growing industrial hubs,” said Congresswoman Robin Kelly. “I’m proud to work with my colleagues in Congress to grow our economy from the bottom up and the middle out. I’m thrilled to bring over $4 million to Kankakee County to support local manufacturing and create more opportunities for our residents to thrive.”

"This space is in the heart of Kankakee County. There are more than 100 employees who work at the former Roper site, and many of them can walk or ride their bike there,” said Tim Nugent, President/CEO of the Economic Alliance of Kankakee County. “This funding makes it possible for the businesses there to continue manufacturing, and possibly expand their operations, creating job security and new positions for our community. We are thrilled to receive this funding for the needed repairs at the site and are grateful for Congresswoman Kelly's continuous efforts to support our area."

East-Central Illinois Projects --- 

Champaign, Livingston and Vermilion Counties also benefit from the FY2024 Government Appropriations.  Another $1,890,000 will be shared.  The City of Danville is awarded $850,000 for revitaliztion of the Madison Neighborhood.  The project removes blight, providing better housing and infrastructure. 

$500,000 goes to the Boys & Girls Club of Livingston County, supporting a planned community center.

$540,000 is allocated for the Rantoul Youth Center to expand its capacity to provide meals to its members.  It also updates equipment, offices and the gymnasium.

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