Federal grant will help foster economic development
PINCKNEYVILLE, IL – Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Director Warren Ribley was joined by Pinckneyville Mayor Joseph M. Holder and civic and community leaders today to announce a $750,000 Flexible Opportunity Grant for the City of Pinckneyville. The grant will be used to rehabilitate two downtown buildings that will be developed into a Rural Heritage Museum and High School Basketball Hall of Fame and Museum.
The grant is a part of the federally-funded Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP), administered on the state level by DCEO, which assists Illinois communities with economic development, public infrastructure and housing rehabilitation projects.
“This grant will assist the City of Pinckneyville in transforming two underutilized properties into useable space with an eye towards greater economic development,” said Director Ribley. “Through the CDAP program, we’re providing Illinois communities with the resources they need to attract development, create jobs and enhance the overall quality of life in our smaller communities.”
The grant will be administered by the city on behalf of the Foundation for Pinckneyville, which will oversee the rehabilitation project.
“Pinckneyville is pleased and proud this community will be a part of preserving the historic past of this region, as well as Illinois,” said Mayor Holder. “I couldn’t think of a better place than Pinckneyville as a cultural center for future generations to enjoy seeing how this state was built. My sincere thanks to all involved.”
The Illinois Rural Heritage Museum will preserve and restore pieces of farm equipment and artifacts of rural life. The museum will display machinery and equipment including steam engines, threshing machines, plows, saw mills and early tractors. This will also support additional economic development in the community. Pinckneyville has hosted the annual American Thresherman Association Show since 1962. Over 12,000 people come to Pinckneyville annually for the show.
The Illinois High School Basketball Hall of Fame and Museum will feature Illinois’ top teams, players, coaches and other who have contributed to Illinois high school basketball.
The renovation of the two buildings will be the first major renovations in Pinckneyville in the last 40 years.
Illinois’ CDAP program supports communities with populations of 50,000 or less, that are not located within a HUD-designated entitlement community or one of the eight large urban counties that receive Community Development Block Grant program funds directly from HUD.