The City of Salem has been preparing for submission of an application to the State of Illinois for a new enterprise zone. Salem currently has an enterprise zone, but it will expire in 2020. The new zone would essentially be an extension of our current zone, but likely with different boundaries. I’d like to share the new, DRAFT boundaries for the zone which we hope the State will approve.
Below is a link that will allow you to review information related to the current and proposed, new boundaries. The link “Enterprise Zone KML for Public Review” will allow you to download the Google Earth KML which includes the current, unofficial boundary and the proposed new boundary. The new zone would take in the “Tank Farm” near Patoka and Vernon, most of which is already included in the Salem enterprise zone.
The second link will take you a page from which you can download Google Earth, which is a free mapping program offered by Google. You may, however, be able to view the KML with other map viewers.
Salem Economic Development Director, Jeanne Gustafson and I will be scheduling some public workshops to help generate input for the application, and we will be reaching out to taxing districts to discuss the incentives that would be involved with the enterprise zone, subject to their approval. Enterprise zones are important economic development tools and allow Salem to remain competitive with other communities and regions when seeking jobs-related projects. Multiple enterprise zones surround Salem, including those in Centralia, Clinton County, Greenville, Mt Vernon and Effingham.
Enterprise Zone for Public Review.kml
Salem City Manager