Cooperative Donates $10,000 Towards Taylorville Industrial Park

Cooperative Donates $10,000 Towards Taylorville Industrial Park

Shelby Electric Cooperative, along with a CoBank match, was able to donate $10,000 towards the Taylorville Development Association and their planned 47-acre industrial park. A big check presentation was held at Peoples State Bank in Taylorville, Thursday, December 7, 2017.

Shelby Electric Cooperative President/CEO Josh Shallenberger said “Economic Development is not something that is done overnight. It takes a lot of work behind the scenes that people are not aware of. We have found this to be a very good project because it is good for the community, it grows jobs and growth is good for Taylorville, for Christian County and for Shelby Electric Cooperative and its membership. We wanted to be a part of it and we are proud to partner with CoBank, as we have in years past. They stepped up to match our contribution of $5,000 to maximize our dollars.”

Aaron Johnson, Vice President of CoBank, said “We’ve been doing this program since 2012. We set aside $3 million every year and receive applications from April 1-October 1 and match dollar for dollar for our members up to $5,000 each. It all goes to rural America. If it’s an economic activity in rural America, we’re usually involved somehow. We’re proud to be part of this important project for Christian County and Taylorville.

“The donation from Shelby Electric and CoBank will help us with a lot of the cost of the project. We sill have costs associated with marketing the property once we get it completed,” said Taylorville Development Association Ken Hart. “We just have a lot of places for the money to go.”

The industrial park would be a 47-acre site northwest of Taylorville’s Walmart and south of Trinity Dodge. It carries a $1.2 million price tag. Project leaders say the effort can create up to 50 new jobs in the first five years, with numbers potentially building to 200 new jobs a decade from now.

The people behind the project want to break ground by the middle of 2018.

Pictured from Left, Aaron Johnson, vice president of CoBank, Josh Shallenberger, president/CEO, Shelby Electric Cooperative (SEC), Ken Hart, president, Taylorville Development Association (TDA), Mary Renner, executive director, Christian County Development Corporation, Gary Spurling, Chairman, Christian County Development Corporation.

To view more pictures from the "Big Check" presentation click here.

WAND-TV was on hand, to view their story click here.

Miller Radio Group was on hand and put story in their news over their 6 regional radio stations but picture and small story can also be found by clicking here.

Taylorville Breeze-Courier was also on hand and ran a story in their Thursday, December 7, printed newspaper.


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