Local businesses have been among those affected the most by the state of the economy. Some have closed while others have left the state seeking financial stability. Madison County Board members see this as a major problem and have voted to accept a four million dollar Innovations Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.
The funds will help the board identify businesses that are struggling and allow them to discuss options for what they can do to help keep them operating. Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan says that the grant is a step in the right direction and that it will be used within a large portion of the state.
In other business, board members are also looking into the way the board has issued special use permits in the past as they continue to consider approving a measure that would allow a gun businesses to be operated out of a residence in Mitchell. The board has requested the assistance of State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons with this matter.
The board also voted to award nearly $900-thousand of grant money to parks within the county. Alton will receive just over $83-thousand while other local municipalities will get between 15 and 30 thousand dollars for park and recreation purposes.