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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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Born in Newport, Rhode Island to a military family, Kevin Boucher traveled the country and the world at a young age before his family settled in Murphysboro, Illinois in 1976. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Radio-Television at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale and worked in commercial radio before becoming the Traffic Manager at WSIU Public Television. Boucher has since earned a Master's degree in Professional Media & Media Management Studies from SIU's College of Mass Communication & Media Arts. He is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys gardening and exploring the flora and fauna of the Shawnee National Forest and other beautiful natural areas across southern Illinois. Kevin is embarking on a new path with WSIU as the Community Engagement Producer for WSIU Radio. Look for Kevin's work on air and on line.
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