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Regional development leaders hold ribbon-cutting of new location housing three economic development groups

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Development leaders from across southern Illinois at the ribbon cutting Tuesday in Marion of the new location housing the Greater Egypt Regional Planning and Development Commission, Man-Tra-Con and the American Job Center Southern Illinois.

Three groups that work to support economic development in southern Illinois now have a new building where they can all work together in the same space.

The new building, in Marion will house the Greater Egypt Regional Planning and Development Commission, Man-Tra-Con and the American Job Center.

State Senator Dale Fowler says the work of promoting business and jobs in the Marion office will have a ripple effect.

"Hopefully with all the excitement that's going on in this community and the other communities throughout southern Illinois, it will spur more people moving in, maybe some of our smaller cities will see some residential development."

Carterville business Owner Tom Harness of Harness Digital marketing says this all-in-one place to help southern Illinois grow, is an asset.

"It's very valuable to have in our community with all the economic development that we're seeing, happening, as a boom in our area, this is something that's needed, and it's something that I hope that many people will utilize."

The building is across from Target and has resources to help the unemployed and underemployment and is open weekdays from 8:30 to 4:30.

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