State's blueprint to attract jobs and businesses

By Kelsey Gibbs |

Published 06/30 2014 06:13PM

Updated 07/01 2014 10:55AM

ILLINOIS -- By 2020, the goal is to attract 75,000 new jobs to the state. People who helped put the plan together say it's already off to a good start. WCIA-3's Kelsey Gibbs keeps us Connected to the Capitol.

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity released its five-year blueprint. It calls for job growth and getting more of the unemployed back to work.

"And we're going to work with a lot of our strengths in Illinois, like our industry, our bio-medical fields, agribusiness, transportation, those kind of areas are all of our strengths and who we identified to work with to try to increase jobs in lower unemployment in our state."

Central Regional Manager Tim Dudley says, so far, some of the plans are being put into practice.

"A good example was in Decatur. Right now, I'm sure you heard of the new inland port, the new transportation hub. There was an idea that was brought to the table there and they implemented it."

The plan also calls for Illinois universities to launch 15,000 start-ups over the next five years.

"You're bringing in the young people and giving them the training they may need. There's a lot of business opportunities and jobs in the state right now and people just aren't trained for them and that's one thing we're addressing."

Dudley says the next step is negotiations.

"As a state organization we're going to work closely hand-in-hand. What are legislators in all the stakeholders to try to negotiate with them things we need to do to try to implement to bring the state bringing more jobs and opportunities?"

The five-year growth will also aim to launch 360,000 new businesses and expand workforce training by 25 percent.

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