Tourism Gets a Boost in Freeport

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Illinois State Treasurer Judy Bar Topinka visited Freeport Wednesday to talk about the impact of tourism on the community.

Topinka discussed how the state treasurer's 'experience Illinois' program could help businesses in downtown Freeport receive financial assistance thought short-term, low-cost financing for tourism-orientated projects.

Topinka says the goal of experience Illinois is to improve the well-being and enhance the cultural base of million communities like Freeport and the state as a whole.

To qualify for funding for the experience Illinois program the applicant must be able to demonstrate the project focuses on the following area historic preservation, tourism development or community enhancement.