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BENTON, ILLINOIS


General Information

     Primary County FRANKLIN
Additional Counties   

POPULATION 1980 1990 2000 Current CLIMATE City 7,778 7,216 6,880 6,900 Avg. Winter Temp 32.00 F 0.00 C County 43,201 40,316 39,018 39,018 Avg. Summer Temp 74.00 F 23.00 C Labor Market 0 0 17,107 16,988 Avg. Annual Rainfall 45.00 In **.** Cm Avg. Annual Snowfall 19.00 In 49.00 Cm

Economic Development Amenities

Municipal Services
     Local Government MAYOR / COUNCIL / CITY        Municipal Zoning YES
   Comprehensive Plan Yes            - Rev.    0       County Zoning NO
Subdivision Ordinance YES                                  Home Rule NO
  w/ Design Standards                                 Public Library YES
 Emergency 911 System YES                               Rescue Squad YES

 Fire Insurance Class 4     in city        outside

                         Full Time  Part Time  Volunteer
      Fire Department            7          0         20
    Police Department           16         11          0

Commercial Services
General Waste Disposal YES            Radio Stations   1
Special Waste Disposal YES               TV Channels   8
                                               Cable YES
                                          Newspapers   1 Daily    1 Weekly

         Machine Shops   2  If none, distance to nearest     MI      KM
            Tool & Die   0  If none, distance to nearest  18 MI   29 KM

                 Banks   5  Assets $              0
     Savings and Loans   0  Assets $              0

Additional Economic Amenities
Competitive Communities Initiatives YES     Stages    3      Foreign Trade Zone NO
                    Enterprise Zone YES                      Tax Increment Financing Dist NO

Remarks
SBA HUB ZONE.

Transportation

MotorCarrier
   Highways Serving Community   1 Federal   3 State
Interstates Serving Community I-57
          Nearest Interchange YES  Distance     0 MI    0 KM

      Motor Freight Terminals   0
               Local Carriers   1
          Interstate Carriers  12
          Intrastate Carriers  13

     Package Delivery Service NO
       Commercial Bus Service NO

Air
Nearest Commercial Airport WILLIAMSON COUNTY REGIONAL AIRPORT
                     Local NO    21 MI 34 KM
       Commercial Airlines    1   Flights per day    4

    Nearest Public Airport BENTON MUNI AIRPORT
                     Local YES   0 MI    0 KM
           Type of Surface CONCRETE
            Longest Runway  4,000 FT   1,220 M
            Runway Lighted YES
            Fuel Available YES    Charter Service Available YES
     Pvt Storage Available YES    Pvt Maintenance Available YES

Water
City Adjoins Navigable Water NO
            Name of Waterway NONE
                Public Barge NO
               Private Barge NO
               Channel Depth     0 FT      0 M
            Length Of Season  0 Months
           Public Dock Local NO     0 MI    0 KM

Travel Time
(distance and travel time for goods in transit to selected major cities)

              Highway   Highway    Days       Days
City           Miles      Km.     by Rail   by Truck
-----------   -------   -------   -------   --------
Atlanta           464       742       3         1
Chicago           302       483       2         1
Cleveland         524       838       3         2
Dallas            619       990       4         2
Denver            964     1,542       4         2
Detroit           479       766       3         2
Kansas City       357       571       3         1
Los Angeles     1,937     3,099       6         4
Memphis           235       376       2         1
Minneapolis       613       981       3         2
New Orleans       617       987       3         2
New York          921     1,474       4         3
St. Louis         101       162       1         1
Seattle         2,236     3,578       6         4

Railroad(s)                Frequency of Switching
UNION PACIFIC              BI-WEEKLY
CANADIAN NAT'L/IL CENTRAL  BI-WEEKLY




Piggyback Service NO    34 MI   54 KM
Container Service NO    34 MI   54 KM

Remarks
BENTON MUNI AIRPORT IS .25 MILES AND .4 KM FROM
BENTON.

Utilities

Water

      Water Supplier MUNICIPAL
        Water Source WELL

                                    Gallons/Day          Liters/Day
              Storage Capacity        2,400,000           9,100,000
            Treatment Capacity       22,000,000          83,600,000
          Average Daily Demand          800,000           3,040,000
             Peak Daily Demand        1,500,000           5,700,000
               Excess Capacity          900,000           3,400,000

Waste Water Treatment
Type of Sewage Treatment Plant SECONDARY
                       Process TRICKLING FILTRATION
            Treatment Capacity        1,520,000           5,776,000
                  Present Load          750,000           2,850,000
               Excess Capacity          770,000           2,926,000

Natural Gas - Electricity - Telecommunications
            Gas Supplier AMEREN/CIPS
       Electric Supplier AMEREN/CIPS
Local Telephone Supplier VERIZON
       Digital Switching YES
            Fiber Optics YES
 Long Distances Carriers AT&T SPRINT MCI

Remarks

Health Facilities

 Number of Hospitals in Community  1    Total Number of Beds     25
  If No Hospital, Dist to Nearest   0 MI    0 KM
                           Clinic YES
             Doctors in Community    21
            Dentists in Community     9
Emergency Medical Treatment Local YES    0 MI    0 KM

Remarks
FRANKLIN HOSPITAL IS A CRITICAL ACCESS FACILITY,
PROVIDING PRIMARY AND SECONDARY CARE WITH A
24-HOUR ER.  A VETEREN'S HOSPITAL IS LOCATED 30
MILES SOUTH.

Education Facilities (in community)


Type                 Number  Teachers  Enrollment
-------------------  ------  --------  ----------
Elementary                1        30         375
Junior High               1        49         528
High School               1        46         606
Trade & Technical         0         0           0
Community College         1       180       9,500
Four-Yr College           0         0           0
University                1     2,283      22,000

Latest A.C.T. Composite Score 19.9

Remarks
JR HIGH NUMBERS ARE FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL.
INTERMEDIATE 1, 21, 215.  SOUTHERN IL UNIVERSITY
AT CARBONDALE - 35 MILES.  REND LAKE COLLEGE - 10
MILES, WITH A FACULTY OF ABOUT 120.

Employment

Major Employers In The Community

                                                          Union            Year
Employer                   Product/Service     Employees  Affiliation      Established
-------------------------  ------------------  ---------  ---------------  -----------
BOMBARDIER OF AMERICA      PLEASURE BOATS            380  NONE             1995

FOLEY-SWEITZER             AUTO DEALER                55  NONE             2001

FEDERAL GOV'T              FED COURT & SERVICE        91                      0

STATE OF ILLINOIS          GOVERNMENT                116  YES                 0

FRANKLIN COUNTY            GOVERNMENT                150                   1818

CITY OF BENTON             GOVERNMENT                 50                      0

BENTON SCHOOL DISTRICT     EDUCATION                 215  NEA              1909

CUSTOM STAINLESS STEEL     FABRICATED METAL PRO       64                   1995

WAL-MART                   DISCOUNT STORE            165                   1979

FRANKLIN HOSPITAL          HEALTH CARE               130                   1955


Labor Force
Labor Force Summary for FRANKLIN COUNTY
Annual Average for Year 2002
      Total Labor Force    16,988
             Unemployed   1,421
             Percentage   8.40%
         Total Employed    15,567
          Manufacturing  15.10%
      Non-Manufacturing  62.60%
            Agriculture   0.00%

Community Union Activity
       Last Year Data Available 1999
Labor Relations Board Elections
         Number in Last 5 Years   0
            Number won by union   0
          Number won by company   0
      Work stoppage occurrences
            within last 5 years   0
   Number of employees involved       0

Wage Rates
Wage rates for experienced workers in selected occupations working in the Southern IL

Occupation                 Entry      Top   Occupation                 Entry      Top
----------------------   -------  -------   ----------------------   -------  -------
Accountant/Auditor       $ 11.03  $ 21.88   Maintenance Mechanic     $  9.30  $ 15.72
Assembler-Electronic     $  8.11  $ 13.04   Office Clerk             $  6.53  $ 10.77
Assembler-Production     $  6.24  $  8.40   Secretary                $  6.67  $ 12.67
Computer Operator        $  7.37  $ 13.30   Sheet Metal Worker       $  8.34  $ 23.29
Computer Programmer      $ 13.01  $ 26.99   Ship-Recving Clerk       $  6.79  $ 12.35
Data Entry Operator      $  6.39  $  7.68   Systems Analyst          $ 15.83  $ 29.04
Drill or Punch Press     $  8.80  $ 14.35   Technician               $  9.59  $ 16.21
Engineer                 $ 11.23  $ 29.35   Tool & Die Maker         $ 10.67  $ 16.39
Janitor/Porter/Cleaner   $  6.19  $  9.09   Warehouse Worker         $  6.62  $ 11.27
Laborer                  $  6.24  $ 11.07   Welder                   $  9.19  $ 13.27
Machinist                $  9.60  $ 15.98   Word Processor           $  6.67  $ 12.67

Remarks
Wage rates updated August 2003.  Add'l Employers:
F.W. Electric - 35, Heritage Trailers - 35,
Ameren/CIPS - 32, Auto Credit of S.IL. - 27,
Week's Chrysler - 27, Halco America - 21, F.B.
McAfoos - 17, Gessell Pump - 15, Terry Jaguar -
15, Percussion Bit & Tool - 14, Hutchen's Bit
Service - 12, Kirby Risk - 11.

Community Facilities

(Available within 10 miles)

                   Motels/Hotels       9        Protestant Churches  69
                 Number of Rooms     384          Catholic Churches   1
                     Restaurants      54          Jewish Synagogues   1
Capacity of Largest Banquet Room   2,000              Country Clubs   3
             Public Golf Courses       2               Health Clubs   2
            Public Tennis Courts       4      Public Swimming Pools   3
     Public Access to Lake/River YES
              Name of Lake/River REND LAKE

Remarks
REND LAKE IS 2 MILES NORTHWEST OF CITY.

Tax Structure

Property tax rates per $100 assessed valuation.
Valuation is 33.3% of real property except in Cook
County where residential is assessed at 10%,
commercial and industrial property are assessed at 25%.

Property Tax Rates
    Year 2002          Total Property Tax Rates      Total Sales Tax Rate  6.25%
    City  1.4190%      For Two Previous Years        Utility Tax On
  County  1.1249%          2001       2000              Electricity  5.00%
  School  5.2147%        9.6296%   10.0047%            Natural Gas  5.00%
Other(s)  1.7741%                                         Telephone  5.00%
   Total 9.5327%                                             Water  0.00%

Remarks

Location Services and Other Information

Economic / Industrial                Profile Information
Development Contact                  Provided By        
Dewey Colter                         Debbie Shaffer
Executive Director                   Administrative Assistant
Benton-West City EDC                 Benton-West City EDC
400 Public Square Box 575            400 Public Square Box 575
Benton, IL  62812                    Benton, IL  62812
Phone (618) 435-8234                 Phone (618) 435-8234
  Fax (618) 438-5079                   Fax (618) 438-5079

Other Information
Zip Code(s) 62812           Rep Dist           117
                            Senate Dist        59
                            Congressional Dist 19


Remarks
Dewey Colter E-Mail: edc@bentonwestcity.com
Web Site: www.bentonwestcity.com


Last updated 09/03/2003
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