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SmartStart Morton is an initiative of the Morton Economic Development Council.

Our goal is to match small businesses, startups, and innovators to the resources they need to succeed.

SmartStart Morton is enhanced by the Morton Chamber of Commerce with local member businesses ready to support your business needs & growth.

If you own a small business or have a great idea for a business in Morton, we want to connect with you!

Are you looking to increase your yields and profits? Would you like to know what the future of farming is? Don’t miss your opportunity to learn, connect and collaborate!

AgTech Mission: Promote Economic Opportunity & Sustainable Growth and Stimulate Innovations
AgTech Purpose: “Shaping the Future of Agriculture” Building a network for growth opportunities, solution providers and resource hub

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Tourism Attractions & Festivals Grant Program

Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced $15 million in funding to support tourism sector across Illinois, through the second round of the Tourism Attraction and Festivals Grant program offered by the State.

$5 million will be reserved for festivals, which serve as economic drivers while bringing communities together, and $10 million will support a broad range of other tourism-related project such as attractions, museums, live performance venues and more.

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 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.

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