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Grundy Economic Development Council President Nancy Norton told Channahon Village Trustees at a meeting last week that the organization has been working hard this year to attract business to the area.

Norton said many businesses in the area are energy-related, such as the 1.25-megawatt CPV Three Rivers natural gas plant set to be located in the Diamond Enterprise Zone.

The area has the lowest unemployment levels in 12 years, with increasing prospects in local development projects, according to Norton.

Norton also said Construction has begun on LyondellBasell, Kellogg and Morris Hospital, and almost 300 jobs have already been added with the opening of the Costo Meat Processing Plant, Hoffman Transportation and Towne Place Suites Marriot.

Norton reports that GAVC’s summer high school internship program also continues to be successful, wrapping up with 42 paid internships this summer in 15 companies.

Norton said the internships offer the young students valuable workplace experience and also expose them to the types of jobs here in Grundy County. Channahon trustees approved donating the village’s annual $5,000 to the GAVC.