Greater Wabash Regional Planning Commission
May your days be filled with peace, hope,
and joy this holiday season.

As always, thank you for your business,
loyalty, and support.

Sarah, David, and Olivia
Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program

The FY 2017 AFG application period will open on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at 8 AM ET and will close on Friday, February 2, 2018 at 5 PM ET. The application assistance tools are available to start preparing your application now.

If you are applying please fill out the information on the link below (application checklist) and let GWRPC know you wish to apply as soon as possible.

2017 Grants Submitted

During the 2017 year GWRPC submitted multiple grants for our region. Some of the grants applied for are listed below:

  • Four Community Development Block Grants
  • One Economic Development Administration preapplication
  • Three Illinois Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Grants
  • Five United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Community Facility Grants
Business Revolving Loan Fund

GWRPC offers revolving loan funds to businesses within our seven county region. Loans are to create or retain jobs. Information on the loan program can be found on our Website at:
$30,000 per job created or retained up to $300,000.

Olney, Illinois located in Richland County is breaking ground on a new hotel!

The groundbreaking ceremony was held on October 26 th for a new 60 room Best Western Plus. The hotel will be developed and operated by Parkside Inn, LLC. This $6.5M project will be one of Olney’s largest developments in the last ten years. The development was cultivated through strategic partnerships with the City of Olney and Illinois Eastern Community Colleges.  
A new law was passed in Illinois on November 15, 2017. The Public Act 100-0554 law expands protections against sexual harassment in employment, provides new avenues of recourse for victims, and increases penalties imposed on sexual harassers. 
Public Act 100-0554 also imposes new obligations on units of local government. It requires each entity to adopt an ordinance or resolution establishing a policy to prohibit sexual harassment by January 16,2018.
If you would like more information follow the link to the Illinois Municipal League website.
For a copy of the Sexual Harassment Policy click on the link.
For a SAMPLE copy of the Ordinance Resolution click on the link.
Governor visits Southern Illinois

December 14th, Governor Bruce Rauner attended a roundtable at Big Prairie Farms in Carmi. Rauner met with farmers to learn more about efforts to thwart nutrient loss and advanced agriculture production and management, and to hear about the effects of policy decisions on agri-business. “Agriculture is not just our largest industry; it is Illinois’ most important legacy. That is why it is so important that we remain responsive to the people who own the state’s 72,200 farms. We need their businesses to thrive and we need to help them grow by encouraging innovation and education," said Rauner.
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