The Jacksonville Regional Economic Development Corporation (JREDC) has selected Helena Chemical to receive the 2017 Harold Cox Award for Industry of the Year.  JREDC representatives presented the award during their annual meeting on February 15.

Through the course of the last two years, Helena has created a new premier agronomy center. The project started with the cleanup of the site in January 2015.  By that fall, the new NH3 facility and the truck scale were complete and operational.  In January 2016, they moved into their renovated office and their new maintenance shop. In the fall of that year, they were able to load the 5000 ton dry fertilizer house and operate out of it, providing product to growers and to two additional Helena locations.  The last item completed was their liquid fertilizer and chemical warehouse that went into full operation in spring 2017, completing the major components of the project.

JREDC selected Helena Chemical for recognition as a result of these accomplishments and their $4.2 million investment in their Meredosia project.

In addition, Passavant Radiology Oncology Center was selected for the Champion Award, which was created to recognize exemplary support for economic development in Morgan and Scott counties from an individual, agency or organization that does not have economic development as a primary purpose.

Passavant Area Hospital, founded in 1875, offers health care services to more than 140,000 residents in the West Central Illinois region.  As one of the major employers, Passavant also provides jobs for over 970 employees and continues to grow.

Passavant Area Hospital, in collaboration with Memorial Medical Center’s Regional Cancer Center, opened the Passavant Radiology Oncology Center on April 3, 2017.  Cancer patients receive radiation therapy treatments at the facility, which is located at 567 N. Westgate on the Passavant campus.  The Center features a new state-of-the-art linear accelerator, which uses high-energy radiation to damage cancer cells’ DNA and destroy their ability to divide and grow. Patients work with the clinical team at the MMC Regional Cancer Center to develop their individualized care plans.  Once their plans are created, patients receive their ongoing radiation treatments right in Jacksonville, avoiding travel time to and from Springfield.

The Jacksonville Regional Economic Development Corporation works to retain, expand, create and recruit job opportunities for Morgan and Scott Counties.