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About SI Now

SI Now will serve as a regional economic development hub and unified voice for the17 southern counties of Illinois to advance our region as a great place to live, work, and do business.
VISION
Support Southern Illinois in becoming a thriving, economically diverse environment for business and industry with a growing population, labor force, per capita income and expanding tax base, while elevating an already high quality of life and place.
PURPOSE
Create a positive ripple effect for citizens, communities, business owners, and local governments in Southern Illinois by:

• Creating jobs and opportunities for upward economic mobility
• Improving well-being and quality of life
• Attracting new businesses and residents
• Equipping workforce with specialized skills
• Creating opportunities for existing businesses to increase revenue through increased sales/clients
• Increasing tax base for local governments
• Reducing or stabilizing tax burdens on citizens and businesses
CURRENT FOCUSED WORK
• Supporting existing businesses
• Attracting and expanding business in the region
• Developing our workforce education through training and employment growth in high wage sectors
• Creating a “win mentality” by elevating perceptions both within the region and beyond
WHY IS SI NOW NEEDED?
A regional economic development hub is needed in Southern Illinois to:

• Create alignment with a unified message and pooled resources to pursue common goals
• Create synergy – a win anywhere in southern Illinois is a win for all of us
• Eliminate silos as obstacles to regional economic development
• Achieve benefits of scale as it is more effective to negotiate with outside stakeholders as a region
SI Now Advisory Board
Tom Weige
President,
Gilster-Mary Lee
Austin Lane
Chancellor,
Southern Illinois University
John Dosier
President,
First Southern Bank
Cary Minnis
Executive Director,
Greater Egypt Planning &
Development Commission
Kathy Lively
CEO,
Man-Tra-Con Corporation
Lynn Anderson Lindberg
Interim Executive Director,
Southern Illinois University
Research Park
Patrick Windhorst
State Representative,
Illinois 118th District and
Board President of OneShawnee
Tony Iriti
Executive Director,
Jefferson County
Development Corporation
Woody Thorne
Vice President of Community Affairs &
Chief Development Officer,
Southern Illinois Healthcare
Michael Tison
Tison Wealth Management
Mike Monchino
Principal Member,
Monchino Management
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