Christian County Illinois Economic Development Corporation


Ken Hart accepting his Lifetime Achievement Award from ECIDC at the ECIDC Annual Meeting held in Effingham on May 18,2017. 
Congratulations, Ken!!!

ECIDC Lifetime Achievement Award 5/18/2017

Ken Hart accepting his Lifetime Achievement Award from ECIDC at the ECIDC Annual Meeting held in Effingham on May 18,2017.

Congratulations, Ken!!!

Effingham Businessman New Head of DCEO 2/16/2015 7:43:20 AM

An Effingham businessman has been named by Governor Bruce Rauner as the new Director of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. 55-year-old Jim Schultz is currently the chairman of Open Prairie Ventures, Inc., a company he founded in 1997. Open Prairie provides private equity services and manages more than $135 million in fund commitments. Prior to founding Open Prairie Ventures, Schultz was the chairman and CEO of Telemind Capital Corporation. The company provides merger and acquisition guidance, and financial consulting services to businesses. Schultz assisted clients in a number of industries, including: software development, banking, manufacturing, retail, healthcare and entertainment. Schultz earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University in 1980. He holds a law degree from DePaul University and an MBA from Northwestern University. Jim and his brother Jack, own Agri-cel Incorporated, which is a company that buys buildings in small communities to lease to businesses and industry. Agri-cel owns the former Sangamon Greeting Card building on Taylorville's south side, which was leased to G-S-I.

January 21, 2015
Commerce Department to Review Proposals for Enterprise Zones Program Promotes Job Growth in Communities Across the State

SPRINGFIELD—The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) said today it has received 67 applications for Enterprise Zones from communities throughout the state. The department will now review the applications. State law requires proposals for new and existing Enterprise Zones to compete for up to 49 available designations. Enterprise Zones encourage job growth and investment in economically depressed areas. Companies within a zone, or that agree to move into one, can qualify for tax incentives that include sales tax exemptions on purchases of building materials and manufacturing equipment and an exemption for utility taxes. Each zone is administered by a local official under rules set by the state. Illinois law provides that 49 zones can be declared this year. The remainder of the state’s 97 available zones will be designated in 2016 through 2020. Ten of the current applications call for new zones, while the rest seek renewal of existing zones. A listing of the applications received by the deadline of Dec. 31, 2014, is attached. DCEO will score each application and submit its findings to a five-member Enterprise Zone Board by June 30, 2015. The board, to be appointed by Gov. Bruce Rauner, is expected to approve or deny the applications by Sept. 30, 2015, and the new zones will take effect Jan. 1, 2016. State law gives the new zones a 15-year term, with a review by the board after 13 years for a possible 10-year extension. To be deemed eligible for a zone, applications will be measured according to 10 criteria. They are: 1) a relatively high unemployment rate; 2) potential for significant job creation and investment; 3) relatively high poverty; 4) abandoned coal mines, brownfields or federal disaster declarations; 5) major layoffs; 6) high vacancy rate of industrial and commercial buildings; 7) existing plans to improve the local tax base; 8) plan for improving public infrastructure; 9) career skills programs at high schools and community colleges; and 10) unusual changes in the taxable value of business properties. For more information on Illinois’ Enterprise Zone Program, and for more resources about doing business in Illinois, visit


Christian County CEO Program:

CCEDC Board President Dee Krueger presenting a plague of appreciation to Dan Raab for his years of service to CCEDC upon his retirement from the board. Taken at December 2 CCEDC Board meeting held at People's Bank & Trust in TaylorvilleThe CEO Program enables high school students in Christian County to become self-reliant, small business entrepreneurs who are capable of starting and operating a successful business and contributing long term to the local economy.

May 14, 2013 - Computer Techniques, Inc. to build state of the art Fiber to the Home network in Taylorville, IL

Local businessmen Adam Vocks and Billy Williams with Computer Techniques, Inc. will soon place Taylorville, IL among the short list of high tech communities in the nation by building a state of the art fiber to the home network capable of speeds up to 2.5 Gigabits/second (2,500 Mbps.) This network will be different than competitors in that it will be, as the name implies, fiber optic cabling all the way from their central office location directly to the subscriber’s home or business.

CTIConstruction of this next generation network will begin on June 24th, 2013 and will continue in Taylorville for 2 ½ years with the first phase in the neighborhood just north of CTI’s building between Sportsman Drive to Webster and Northern to Springfield Road. Construction will consist of directional drilling and should have minimal disturbance to the residents of Taylorville.

Instead of Internet plans with speeds of 3-6 Mb, CTI will offer plans from 50 Mb to 250 Mb symmetrical speeds at competitive pricing. The residents and businesses of Taylorville will soon have access to connectivity usually only available in densely populated metropolitan areas. CTI will also offer competitive telephone services, advanced PC maintenance, backup services not available on traditional Internet services, as well as cloud based services such as virtual desktops, virtual servers and virtual applications. In the future, CTI plans on offering a social interactive TV service offering 3D, HD and Ultra HD programming as well as Video on Demand and integrated over the top video sources like Netflix and Hulu.

After receiving CLEC certification from the Illinois Commerce Commission last October, CTI is now a public utility company with access to the public rights of way for constructing telecommunication facilities. CTI’s all fiber network will be built completely underground, protecting the fiber cables from events like tornadoes and ice storms which can bring down aerial lines when tree branches fall on them. CTI’s fiber network will also be entirely passive, meaning that there will be no electronics requiring power outside of the central office location, a feature that will make CTI’s network continue to operate even during mass power outages during natural disasters.

Computer Techniques, Inc., a Taylorville, IL based business started in June of 1998 with a slogan of “We keep up with technology, so you don’t have to!” and are once again providing the community with the latest technology. For more information, please contact Computer Techniques, Inc. at 217-824-6398, by visiting their office: 1100 N. Sportsman Drive, Taylorville, IL 62568 or by visiting their website @