The group leading the region’s new economic development strategy is looking to again use the same firm that crafted the plan. The Focus Forward Central Illinois Board is considering a contract with Vital Economy for under $100,000. The firm guided government and business officials last year in developing long-term regional economic development strategy. Focus Forward Chair Diana Hall says the firm can also help with securing economic development funding:

The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission approved a settlement with an economic development consultant after months of discussion.