The city of Taylorville is in discussions with many companies with interest in locating in Taylorville, and mayor Bruce Barry says he thinks one company signing the dotted line will start a domino chain of businesses setting up shop in the community.
Members of the community have done plenty of work to prepare for economic growth, including putting together TIF districts, getting Route 29 expanded to four lanes from Springfield to Taylorville, passing a school referendum, receiving a grant for building an industrial park, and a recently announced expansion at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.
Barry says one national restaurant chain is closely eyeing Taylorville for a new location, but the city would have to do some more work before that chain sets up shop in town.
One of the biggest factors that could bring companies to Taylorville are the TIF districts being created by the city. Barry says those are progressing and could be completed by the spring.
When it comes to bringing a hotel to town, Barry says those discussions are also moving forward.
Barry appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.