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Farmland Removed from Enterprise Zone Expansion

Macomb, IL – Some farm land is being removed from the expanded enterprise zone being proposed for McDonough County. Macomb Area Economic Development Corporation Director Kim Pierce says the decision is not a surprise. She says the state Department of Agriculture generally tries to protect farm land where possible. Pierce does not believe the change will effect economic development. The application to the state asks to extend thke life of the current enterprise zone by ten years and add parts of Bushnell and Colchester. The state will decide whether to approve the expansion.