By Patrick Baron
BLOOMINGTON – Bloomington-Normal’s One Voice Task Force has been in Washington, DC this week to meet with legislators and discuss funding for major projects in the Twin Cities.
Kyle Ham, CEO of the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council, said one project they are pushing to get funding for is a Connect Transit transfer center in downtown Bloomington. Ham explained a transfer center would be beneficial due to the large amount of people who use the bus service.
“There’s about 2.4 million rides per year in McLean County,” Ham said. “Having a place that people can get on and off of the buses and transfer out of the weather is something we’ve needed for a very long time.”
The Task Force is also pushing to get funding for an underpass in Uptown Normal. Ham told WJBC’s Scott Laughlin the Task Force have been working to convince legislators and agencies that the underpass would bolster the town’s economy in the long run.
“Normal has put all of their ducks in a row to really put together a nice a project that will allow eight additional acres in that Uptown region to have more economic growth and attraction,” Ham explained.
Ham said other projects the Task Force has also been seeking ways to improve Bloomington-Normal’s economic ecosystem for entrepreneurs and gaining custom clearance at Central Illinois Regional Airport due to the number of international businesses that come into town, such as Rivian Automotive and Brandt Industries.
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