This $10 million grant program is aimed at revitalizing the hard-hit tourism industry by bringing back new and returning tourism attractions and festivals to our state.
The Tourism Attractions and Festivals Grant program is made possible with the support of federal dollars from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and is part of a broader effort to help reinvigorate tourism in Illinois and to put the industry on a path to economic recovery from COVID-19.
Mission Morton is a five-year initiative to continue the Morton Economic Development Council’s (EDC) core vision to maintain a strong and sustainable local economy. The focus of the next five years is to assist local businesses, support job growth, expand business opportunities and enhance entrepreneur ecosystem. These initiatives will be coordinated with the Village of Morton along with key organizations within the community, region and beyond as we strengthen the effectiveness of our organization to inform our network and be a resource hub to help Morton advance into the future.
The Morton Economic Development Council is committed to tracking and reporting the results of our efforts. We have established the following measurable goals for the Mission Morton initiative, to be achieved by December 31, 2026:
Goal Number = 30/annually
Direct business engagement with our local businesses
Goal Number = 40/annually
Enhance our entrepreneur ecosystem with direct connectivity with clients and attendees at MEDC host events and programs.
Goal Number = 5/annually
Goal Number: $24,000 annually
Direct investment from Morton Community Bank to support job growth
Goal Number: Annual increase of 8% year over year or minimum of $10,000 new dollars
Expand our investor network to connect and inform
people call Morton “home”
of world’s canned pumpkin is processed here
people travel to Morton every day