CANTON-Spoon River Partnership for Economic Development (SRPED) Executive Director, Missy Towery, presented an update to Canton City Council at their regular meeting Tuesday.
She noted the Residential Housing Committee is back together, but instead of focusing on new subdivisions they are, instead, going to focus on pockets of new development.
Additionally, she noted the fultoncounty.org website went live in July, but they are having a hard launch this month.
Their main goal is to make Fulton County the Outdoor Recreational Capital of Illinois.
Towery gave thanks to Amanda Woodruff who worked diligently to gather a large amount of information that appears on the site.
Towery said those checking the website out for the first time are urged to explore all it has to offer.
If one goes to the Canton Main Street area of the site it shows all of the downtown buildings.
In other SRPED news they are preparing for the Legislative Breakfast to be held Aug. 19.
Special attendees include State Legislators Dave Koehler and Mike Unes.
If anyone is interested in attending, Towery urged them to RSVP as soon as possible. The event is nearing capacity.
She spoke about the micro grants offered by Canton Main Street.
They recently were able to present a $1,500 grant, the maximum amount, to the new owner of Mel’s Sporting Goods.
He needed to purchase a piece of equipment essential to his business.
After purchasing said equipment he was reimbursed through the program.
“Those funds that are provided, we’re able to do it because of Glacial Golf. Glacial Golf provides money for those grants.”
Glacial Golf is the largest fundraiser for Canton Main Street.
Towery said they were able to provide more grants this year than in year’s past, but they want to make sure this very important fundraiser stays viable.
Anyone who wishes to donate their time or have a team should contact the Canton Main Street Program.
Canton Main Street is also purchasing one of the benches in Jones Park and dedicating to their volunteer base.