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Tourism Attractions & Festivals Grant Program

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.

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Mission Morton 2026

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:

KEY RESULTS:

  • 5-YEAR GOAL #1: 150 Business Visits  

Goal Number = 30/annually 

Direct business engagement with our local businesses 

 

  • 5-YEAR GOAL #2: Connect with 200 small business, entrepreneur start-ups and growth companies

Goal Number = 40/annually 

Enhance our entrepreneur ecosystem with direct connectivity with             clients and attendees at MEDC host events and programs. 

  • 5-YEAR GOAL #3: 25 new business locations to Morton assisted by MEDC

Goal Number = 5/annually 

Business attraction

  • 5-YEAR GOAL #4: Micro Grants Awarded

Goal Number: $24,000 annually 

Direct investment from Morton Community Bank to support job                   growth 

  • 5-YEAR GOAL #5: Year over year increase to investor network 

Goal Number: Annual increase of 8% year over year or minimum              of $10,000 new dollars

Expand our investor network to connect and inform 

Our Mission

The mission of the Morton Economic Development Council is to help build a strong and sustainable economy for the citizens of Morton by promoting and supporting existing businesses and attracting new businesses to the community. The Morton Economic Development Council strives to help DEVELOP new and existing businesses so that we can GROW Morton’s tax base, workforce and residents and help Morton ADVANCE into the future.  

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Morton by the Numbers

1

people call Morton “home”

1 %

of world’s canned pumpkin is processed here

1500

people travel to Morton every day