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MATTOON — Coles Together has won a $150,000 state grant for its aircraft and aviation training program for local industry.

Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced this week that Coles Together, which is an economic development organization for the Coles County area, is among recent grant recipients. of research in Illinois to stimulate economic recovery. (RISE). The announcement also included the Casey and Sullivan projects.

Coles Together is part of the Business Navigator Alliance of Clark, Coles, Crawford, Edgar, Effingham and Moultrie counties which aims to connect manufacturers and other businesses to aerospace industry supply and supply chain work. ‘supply.


Angela Griffin, President of Coles Together, said implementing this initiative will allow them to help prepare the region for resilience by expanding opportunities for the existing industrial base with a specific focus on aviation sectors. and aerospace.

“By connecting our employers to NASA, Air Force, and Department of Defense opportunities, it will strengthen their ability to expand production lines, retain employees, and add employees to a high-margin industry by growth,” Griffin said.

Coles Together reported this summer that the new initiative will take place in three phases, starting with an industry and workforce analysis of the six-county region. Using information from the study, the group will develop a marketing plan to educate business leaders about the opportunity and invite them to be part of a program to connect their capabilities to opportunities in new supply chains. .

The Business Navigator Alliance will then help train businesses on how to acquire credentials and make the connections needed to do business with the federal government, facilitate corporate site visits for procurement officers to regional businesses and will conduct site visits for businesses at NASA’s Glen Research Center. and Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton.

Additionally, this week’s RISE grant announcement included $26,000 to the City of Casey for an economic stimulus package focused on commercial and retail corridors. The Sullivan Chamber and Economic Development Organization is set to receive $40,000 for an economic stimulus package that also focuses on labor and housing. RISE is funded by the American Rescue Plan Act.

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