The city of Taylorville is set to receive a $3 million grant from the state of Illinois as part of the Rebuild Illinois Downtowns and Main Streets program. The grant was part of work done by Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry, State Senator Doris Turner, Deputy Governor Andy Manar, Governor JB Pritzker, Smalltown Taylorville, and many other people that helped make this happen.
State Senator Doris Turner says that this investment will help grow the economy.
Thanks to federal funding made available through the American Rescue Plan Act, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity administered grants to 50 commercial corridors throughout the state including Taylorville. These improvements will go a long way towards needed improvements of the downtown Taylorville Square and business corridor. Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry says he knows how important this is for the city of Taylorville
The Mayor highlighted some of the things he hopes to see with the money.
Steve Craggs, chairperson of the Downtown Taylorville organization and the Small Town Taylorville Committee says it will reenergize the downtown area.
Craggs hopes to see a repaving and a redo of the sidewalks.
DCEO originally administered $50 million for the program in 2021 but due to federal funding, the state was able to allocate an additional $56 million to support 29 more projects. Thanks to matching funds from recipients, a total investment of $215 million was made for downtowns across Illinois.
For a full list of recipients, visit illinois.gov.