Monday, September 10, 2012

IC ranked a top 100 liberal arts college in the nation

Illinois College is identified as one of the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation in the Washington Monthly annual College Guide and Rankings for 2012. The editors of the magazine describe their rankings as “more interesting than virtually any rankings out there,” because the Washington Monthly rankings are based on what colleges are doing for their students and their country.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Denison elected to 2nd Vice Chairman position on Board.

JACKSONVILLE, IL – Terry Denison, president of the Jacksonville Regional Economic Development Corporation has been elected to the position of second vice chairman of the board for the Illinois Development Council.

The appointment came during the group’s recent annual conference in Lombard.

Denison has previously been secretary/treasurer.

The Illinois Development Council represents professional economic developers throughout Illinois and strives to build relationships, professionalism and positive atmosphere in which to create jobs.

Click here to read the official press release from JREDC.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

FutureGen Alliance Affirms Morgan County as the Preferred CO2 Storage Site for FutureGen 2.0.

(Jacksonville, Ill.) — The FutureGen Alliance today affirmed that Morgan County will remain the preferred location for a carbon dioxide (CO2) storage site and that the Alliance will no longer maintain alternate sites in Christian and Douglas Counties. Recent geologic testing and engineering studies have confirmed that the Morgan County site is an excellent location for CO2 storage.

“Affirming Morgan County as the preferred site for FutureGen 2.0 is a significant step forward for the project. This decision allows us to proceed with final permitting for the Morgan County site. The Morgan County community has been extremely welcoming, and we look forward to continuing our partnership and moving FutureGen 2.0 forward. We are grateful for the support we have received from both Christian and Douglas Counties, and for the assistance of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the Illinois State Geological Survey, who provided invaluable support during the site selection process,” said FutureGen Alliance Chief Executive Ken Humphreys.

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Bartlett Grain Company Announces New Facility in South Jacksonville

South Jacksonville, Illinois – Bartlett Grain Company is pleased to announce plans to build a new grain handling facility in South Jacksonville, IL. The site is located on the Kansas City Southern Railroad and will be easily accessible from both Interstate 72 and HWY 267.

The new elevator will be state of the art in all ways: safety, speed, efficiency and service. The facility will have over 2 million bushels of storage and a loop track that accommodates 100-car trains. We expect it to provide 15-20 full time positions. With the support of South Jacksonville and IDOT, truck access is planned directly off HWY 267.

Construction is expected to begin this summer. The plans include construction of a berm and tree-line to provide a natural shield for nearby homes.

Bartlett is excited to be bringing this new business to South Jacksonville and new markets to Illinois’ agricultural producers. This site has all of the things we look for in a facility: strong agricultural production, great truck and rail access, and tremendous support from the community. We will have grain buyers on site by the end of 2012 in order to be ready to meet your forward contracting needs.

Bob Knief, President of Bartlett Grain, said, “Bartlett appreciates the work of Gordon Jumper and the Village of South Jacksonville to help make this project a reality. We are very interested in being a good neighbor, preferred employer and an excellent marketing outlet for the Illinois producer. Our grain origination staff, headed by Aaron Rosengren, is looking forward to getting to know our future customers.”

Click here to read more about this story in the Jacksonville Journal Courier.

Monday, March 19, 2012

2011 Harold Cox Award for Industry of the Year Presented by the JREDC

Congratulations Agriculture Industry!

Jacksonville, Illinois (March 19, 2012) The Jacksonville Regional Economic Development Corporation (JREDC) takes pleasure in announcing that the Agriculture Industry has been selected to receive the 2011 Harold Cox Award for Industry of the Year.

The Industry of the Year Award has been presented since 1990, to honor the industry that exhibits outstanding business development and activity that enhances regional economic viability.

The Existing Industry Committee of the JREDC, selects the award recipient based on their capital investment, growth, workforce development, community and regional partnerships and service efforts as well as their industry leadership.

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Jacksonville Named a “Most Progressive City” By Ameren Illinois ActOnEnergy Program

Going Green While Saving Green

Jacksonville, Ill. (Jan. 25, 2012) – In recognition of the significant energy efficiency efforts made by Jacksonville businesses, Ameren Illinois today presented the ActOnEnergy® Most Progressive City Award to the city of Jacksonville.

“Between June 1, 2010 and May 31, 2011, 12 Jacksonville businesses completed 20 ActOnEnergy projects that received more than $131,000 in incentive payments,” said Craig Gilson, manager of Ameren Illinois Division II, who presented the award to Jacksonville Mayor Andy Ezard.

Since ActOnEnergy was launched in 2008, the amount of annual incentive dollars available to business customers has grown from $3 million to $19.2 million. The program is funded through a small charge (Rider EDR for electricity customers and Rider GER for natural gas customers) on customer bills. These charges are mandated by state law.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Westermeyer Ind. builds industry, community, and future with welding

Bluffs company working with John Wood Community College and ILMO Products Company to offer welding classes

Bluffs, IL – October 2011: Westermeyer Industries, in partnership with John Wood Community College (JWCC), is offering welding certification courses in their Bluffs, Illinois, plant for high school students and adults seeking a professional certificate in the trade as well as welding professionals wanting to advance their certificate. Evening classes will offer students schedule flexibility in a real-world environment while preparing them for entry-level employment as a welder.

“While not promoted as prominently as the college path, professional careers in a trade such as welding are rewarding, respectable careers with great income potential for those who excel at it.” shares Gary Westermeyer, President of Westermeyer Industries, adding, “For a fraction of four-year college programs, we’re offering students and adults alike the opportunity to receive high-level training in just a few semesters.” Per JWCC’s welding curriculum, these skills include reading and interpreting welding symbols and blueprints, basic MIG and TIG welding, commercial welding practices, principles of welding safety and basic welding shop math.

Assisting with the Westermeyer Industries and JWCC partnership, ILMO Products Company is helping promote the new courses through various public speaking events as well as donations of welding equipment and supplies. All involved realize the importance of having a skilled workforce to support growth in our region, so efforts to promote this opportunity through meetings at high schools and with industrial employers are in progress. Classes start in Fall 2011 with a 9 week course focused on interpreting welding symbols and reading blueprints.

Those interested in starting a career in welding or furthering their certificate as a professional welder should contact Dava Johnson by calling (217) 754-3277 or emailing today! Visit for information on class schedules and tuitions. When ready to start, students can visit ILMO Products Company in Quincy or Jacksonville to purchase their Welding Safety Kit at a special price.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Jacksonville Area Commuters

A press release by the Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce shows a large number of people commuting into Jacksonville and Morgan County for work. Jacksonville is one of 25 counties, out of 102 Illinois counties, to see a positive daily increase in population. Morgan County’s population increases by 4.8% each day, while Jacksonville’s population increases by 31.1% from day-to-day.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Risk Aversion and Preparedness Keys to Success

This article was released in the Ameren Economic Development Community Outreach Newsletter. It discusses how Risk Aversion and Preparedness “drive the shovel” of site selection consultants. This quick, one-page read is very insightful for anyone in the Economic Development world.

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Revamped square officially dedicated

The true spirit of community has been clear the past few days as Jacksonville celebrated the re-opening of its downtown square, especially Sunday during a re-dedication ceremony.

Speakers Alderman Scott Tinsley-Hall, Mayor Andy Ezard and the Rev. Dr. Gladys Herzog each stressed the impact of the community on not only the yearlong restoration project but Jacksonville itself.

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