The Latest News from the Morton EDC
April 2016
Construction Begins on Memorial Plaza
Memorial Plaza's Groundbreaking Ceremony took place on March 23r d .  This collaborative project between the Village of Morton and the Morton Economic Development Council will begin construction immediately.  Laverdiere Construction out of Macomb was the low bidder at $1.24 million. 
To date, the Morton Economic Development Council has raised over $865,000 to match the Village's $1 million contribution.  No property tax dollars has been used to fund this project.  The Village's contribution is from the additional business sales tax enacted several years ago.  Additional fundraising will continue in order to purchase items such as playground equipment, shade structures and granite memorial pieces, along with other costs such as an Ameren service installation charge and topsoil excavation.  The total project is expected to be $1.82 million.
If you are interested in contributing to this community project, please contact the MEDC at 309-263-2491. Project completion is expected to be before Pumpkin Festival this fall.

MEDC Announces Three New MicroGrants for Small Businesses

The Morton Economic Development Council is pleased to announce that Element Buildings, Morton Crossfit, and Good Shepard Defense and Training have been awarded the Morton MicroGrants for the Month of February.  
Element Buildings is responsible for the construction of Jefferson Place. Jefferson place is an exciting new mixed use project currently under construction that will feature both, retail and residential units. The Jefferson  represents the largest new capital investment in Downtown Morton in decades and we are happy to be able assist them in some final construction cost.
CrossFit Morton is run by owner Tony Schoedel and is located in Fields Shopping Center.  CrossFit Morton is the first CrossFit gym in the area and Tony has seen a surge of membership since opening up here in Morton. Tony is a retired Pekin Firefighter who has been involved in fitness and helping people live a healthier lifestyle his entire life. The Morton MircroGrant will assist Tony in completing additional gym equipment purchases. Tony also plans on hiring 3-5 new employees in the near future
Brian Woods is the owner of Good Shepherd Defense and Training, which is on South Main by Fields Shopping Training. Good Shepherd Defense and Training provides firearms instruction and safety programs that range in levels from brand new students to advanced shooters.  Brian is an Army Veteran who has a passion of instructing proficiency and confidence in firearms to the public and will now be able to do so. The MicroGrant will be going towards renovation cost and supplies. Good Shepherd Defense will also be adding 3-5 jobs in the near future.
The Morton MicroGrant provides small grants of up to $5,000 to for-profit business owners who are interested in starting, improving or growing a business here in Morton. The Morton MicroGrant is funded through a direct investment with the Morton EDC made by the Morton Community Bank. Since 2012 Morton MicroGrants have helped create nearly 70 jobs, with that number continuing to grow.
Morton Economic Development Council                                                           Leadership Circle 
415 West Jefferson Street village of morton
Morton, IL  61550