Benton / West City EDC
The Benton-West City Economic Development Corporation was formed in May 1998 as an Illinois Not-For-Profit 501(c)(3) Corporation. Its mission is to achieve and maintain the best economic health of Benton, West City and Franklin County through the retention, expansion, and attraction of commerce and industry which is conducive to an optimal quality of life for its citizens; to facilitate an economic development structure which realizes various opportunities which affect and plan an integral part in promoting
such quality of life.
The BWCEDC is a public-private partnership supported by the City of Benton, The Benton-West City Chamber of Commerce, and membership of local businesses
and civic leaders.
Main Goals Of The BWCEDC
1. For the expansion of Giacone/Ranger Drive to connect to the EDC development along the airport/I57 property, towards Petroff Road.
2. To seek funding for the expanded interchange at I-57 and Petroff Road and begin construction within the next two to three years.
3. For the continued development of the I-57 Airport
Business Park and the sale of industrial sites.