Senate passes Fowler’s legislation to promote economic development

The Illinois Senate supported economic development in Southern Illinois by passing legislation sponsored by State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) authorizing a property transfer from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale to the City of Carterville.

“I want to thank SIUC for making this property transfer a possibility for the Carterville community and surrounding areas,” said Fowler. “This acquired real estate offers a number of possibilities for future economic development and growth in Williamson County, and it wouldn’t be possible without SIUC recognizing that potential.”

Senate Bill 168 allows for the transfer of 94 acres currently owned by Southern Illinois University-Carbondale to the City of Carterville for future economic development. Once received, the City plans on annexing the property into its corporate limits and then donating the property to the Regional Economic Development Corporation (REDCO).

“I’m looking forward to fully utilizing this property to encourage job creation and business development in both Carterville and the surrounding areas,” said Fowler. “It is so critical that we are doing everything we can to support the business communities throughout the region. This property transfer is a simple but significant push to encourage future development, promote business expansion and hopefully boost our economy.” 

The 94-acre property was once used by the University to house automotive technologies teaching facilities, but now sits vacant and underutilized. REDCO intends to market the property for future business and industrial development in the City of Carterville.

“The City of Carterville is very excited about the potential this location holds for future business and light industrial development,” said Carterville Mayor Brad Robinson. “We plan on partnering with REDCO and our neighboring community leaders to bring developments that will benefit all of the Southern Illinois region.”

Senate Bill 168 received unanimous support when it came before the Senate on April 11 and will now advance to the House of Representatives for further action.

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