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Southern Illinois communities benefit from tourism grants

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Tourism dropped during the pandemic.

Three southern Illinois communities will receive funding to support tourism and local festivals.

Governor JB Pritzker announced fifteen million dollars in this round of funding, which prioritizes downstate communities. The goal is to help communities recover from the drop in tourism brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The projects funded include improvements to the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts in Mt. Vernon, renovations to the Opera House in Sesser, and funding for a drive through lights exhibit in Anna.

Communities are required to match the funds given through the grant, which is funded by the federal American Rescue Plan.

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