Twin Cities Look to Expand Enterprise Zone Near CIRA

Published 05/14 2014 06:09PM

Updated 05/14 2014 06:54PM

NORMAL - The Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council is looking to expand the county's enterprise zone near the Central Illinois Regional Airport.

That means if the vote gets approved by a series of boards, including Normal and Bloomington's city council, the city would have two more miles of commercial space near the airport. EDC leaders say the move would help with fed-ex express's move from Peoria and add value to CIRA.

"You look at any regional airport around the country, there's a certain type of development that tends to follow airports, and most of it is around transportation, warehousing, logistics, and that happens to be an area that EDC is targeting as part of our strategic plan,” said Ken Springer, vice president of the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council.

Springer says he hopes that all of the approvals are in place by the end of June. At that point, the request would go to the state of Illinois for the go-ahead.

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