Decatur-A new pilot program was announced Thursday to grow local businesses.
The program is known as the "Economic Gardening" program. It is a partnership between the city of Decatur, Macon County, Millikin University, and local banks. The idea is to help grow existing Decatur area businesses and launch economic growth in the community.
The program is sponsored by the Edward Lowe Foundation. Members of the foundation were in attendance at the press conference.
Mirinda Rothrock, Decatur Chamber of Commerce president says, "It is more based on research so this is a new way of thinking about growing the economy and growing local business. The "Economic Gardening" program will start with five local businesses.
Businesses can apply at the Chamber of Commerce website decaturchamber.com to be a part of the program. The application process is simple.