SPRINGFIELD, Ill. –State Rep. Katie Stuart, D-Edwardsville, will continue her efforts bringing defense-related businesses to Illinois with her recent appointment to the state’s Military and Economic Development Committee.
“The armed forces provide many good-paying jobs here in our state, specifically in the Metro East area,” Stuart said. “Serving on this committee gives me an opportunity to protect and encourage military-related investment in our community.”
The Military Economic Development Committee is tasked with preserving, expanding and attracting investment from the armed forces. Additionally, the committee looks at ways to encourage third-party defense related businesses to expand or relocate to the state. Working together, the committee provides recommendations to elected officials to drive investment and address challenges the industry faces in Illinois.
The committee meets regularly throughout the year, and includes veterans, local officials and experts from the defense industry. Stuart will serve without pay.
“Illinois’ three military bases, including Scott Air Force Base, account for $9.1 billion in economic activity and serve as vital economic engines,” Stuart said. “I am thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this important committee, and look forward to working to maintain our region’s important defense role.”