The GLCEDC will be responsible for measuring the financial impact of the closure on the regional and local economy, as well as on our local businesses. We have already performed a cursory impact analysis and the loss of the 350 jobs translates into a $25 million annual impact on the three county region (Grundy, Livingston & Kankakee). We will refine this number and measure the spillover, or ripple, effects as we get more specific residency information for the prison employees.
A community meeting has been scheduled for Monday March 5 at 6:00 p.m. at Dwight Township High School.
I just wanted you to know that a plan of action is being put together and that the GLCEDC will be wholeheartedly supporting the effort to keep the facility open by providing facts and data regarding the economic impact of the closure. I am also reaching out to my economic development colleagues in Grundy and Kankakee Counties. Both have offered their support for this cause.
I will do my best to keep you posted along the way. A Facebook page called, "Save Dwight Correctional Center" has been created. Much of the information regarding our efforts will be posted there. Our blog will also be updated regularly with the latest information. Petitions are also being circulated throughout the County.