Still Talking About FutureGen

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Published on August 16 2013 2:42 pm
Last Updated on August 16 2013 2:42 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

The FutureGen 2.0 project is expected to put more than 300 people to work in Morgan County.

The number was revealed in a new economic impact analysis conducted by the U of I's Institute of Government and Public Affairs in Urbana.

FutureGen spokesman Lawrence Pacheco said the project will be a major economic booster in the area, paying out about $318 million in wages over a 20-year span.  Adding so many jobs in Morgan County can breathe new life into the area, which is struggling with an 8.6% unemployment rate.

FutureGen was originally sited in Coles County near Mattoon, but delays and concerns over the original project's viability caused a relocation to Morgan County.