Durbin, Enyart, Announce $3.25 Million Grant To Create Jobs and Boost Development in Mount Vernon, Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Representative Bill Enyart (D-IL) and Mount Vernon Mayor Mary Jane Chesley today announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s (DOC) Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $3,250,000 in funding to the City of Mount Vernon, Illinois to create jobs and aide the construction of critical infrastructure. The project is expected to create 500 local jobs.

“Not only will this federal investment support local construction jobs, it will also leverage private investment and help attract new business to the area, spurring economic growth and creating jobs throughout the region,” Durbin said.

“I’m elated to announce $3 million dollars coming to Mt. Vernon for infrastructure in the new industrial park,” said Enyart.  “Mayor Mary Jane Chesley and I, along with Senator Durbin, have been working to continue the expansion efforts of the park, and this federal grant will go a long way.”

“This grant shows the faith that Senator Durbin, Congressman Enyart and the federal government have in the City of Mt. Vernon to provide jobs for the people of the city, the county, and for the Southern Illinois region,” said Mayor Mary Jane Chesley.  “And the potential for future economic growth.”

Today’s funding will be used to help construct road, water and other crucial infrastructure needed to accommodate the expansion of the Mount Vernon’s new 100-acre industrial park, which will create hundreds of jobs and attract private investment. 

EDA is an agency within the U.S. Commerce Department and supports the economic development needs of distressed communities throughout the United States.  Its mission is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness and preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy.