Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost today announced a $210,000 economic development grant for Southern Illinois. The grant allows the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to formulate a strategy that supports private capital investment and job creation in Southern Illinois. This Economic Development Administration (EDA) planning investment will support capital investment and job creation through the Greater Egypt Regional Planning and Development Commission in Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Perry and Williamson counties. 

“I have long supported Greater Egypt’s mission to create economic stability and spur job growth in Southern Illinois and the surrounding region,” said Bost. “Targeted investments like these have helped to create and sustain thousands of jobs in the region. I look forward to continue working with Greater Egypt to build public-private partnerships and encourage economic development and job creation in Southern Illinois.”


The EDA grant totals $210,000. The total project cost is $420,000. EDA grants are awarded through a competitive process based upon the application’s merit, the applicant’s eligibility, and the availability of funds. More information on EDA’s grant process and investment process can be found at www.eda.gov.

The Greater Egypt Regional Planning and Development Commission (Greater Egypt) has been serving Southern Illinois communities, citizens, businesses, and local governments since 1961 by providing technical assistance and comprehensive planning.

Within the five counties of Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Perry, and Williamson, Greater Egypt provides economic development planning and assistance, water quality management planning, local government services, technical assistance, and provides administrative services for local, state, and Federal programs such as: Economic Development Administration grants, Delta Regional Authority grants, Community Development Block Grant, Enterprise Zone, and the Southern Illinois Metropolitan Planning Organization.