Economic official sees bright future for rural Illinois

Water, water everywhere means — new opportunities for rural Illinois?

Yes, said the director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

“Approximately 80 percent of the potable water on the planet is in that greater Midwest region,” said Jim Schultz, the department’s director and an Effingham native.

Schultz spoke to the Rural Community Economic Development Conference of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs.

Marketing the state’s water resources to attract business, especially agriculture, is one of the ways Schultz sees rural Illinois rebounding from tough times and creating new opportunities. Read more of Jeannine Otto's article at AgriNews here.