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|Quinn Helps Break Ground on New Canton Project
|Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has given his blessing for what officials in one Fulton County community call an important economic development project.
Quinn helped break ground Friday on the construction of a new commercial building on the east side of the city's Public Square. But officials say it's not just a new commercial building. Canton High School students will work with the West Central Illinois Building and Construction Trade Council to help build it.
Quinn says Canton has had blow after blow in the 25-plus years since an International Harvester plant shut down, but now's the time for them to come back.
"I have faith in Canton," Quinn said. "I have faith in the people of Fulton County. And I have faith in the people of the State of Illinois. We are the people that know how to make things happen, no matter what the challenge."
The new building is part of a larger effort ongoing to rebuild downtown Canton led by the building of a new medical equipment facility, and Mayor Kevin Meade says it's an example other communities could learn from.
"Canton is an anomaly," Meade said. "We have growth, we have opportunity, we have job creation. I can't remember the last time we had two cranes in town putting up steel building buildings. And that's a great thing."
The state recently awarded Canton $500,000 in Community Development grant money toward the rebuilding effort, and $50,000 of that will go toward the facade of the new building.
(Governor Pat Quinn, towards the center, helps break ground Friday on a new building in downtown Canton.)
(An artist's rendering of the new building, to be located on the east side of Canton's Public Square. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson in Canton.)
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