Greater Egypt provides direct technical assistance and planning services to organizations in the District. The type of service varies greatly depending on the need and capabilities of the organization being served. Examples of the typical services provided by Greater Egypt are detailed below.
Economic Development Planning and Assistance — Greater Egypt serves as the Region’s Economic Development District for the federal Economic Development Administration and the Local Development District for the Delta Regional Authority. Greater Egypt utilizes funds made available by the member local governments and EDA to complete an ongoing Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. Funds from EDA and DRA also allow Greater Egypt to work within the region to develop economic development projects and seek funds for their implementation. Greater Egypt also administers an EDA Revolving Loan Fund to provide financial assistance to local business.
Grant Administration — Greater Egypt provides grant administration for entities within the District for local, state, and federal programs such as: Economic Development Administration grants, Delta Regional Authority grants, Energy Efficiency Conservancy Block Grants, and the Community Development Assistance Program.
Water Quality Management Planning — Greater Egypt is contracted by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to coordinate the Regional Water Quality Coordinating Council (RWQCC) within the ten county region of Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Perry, Pope, Saline, and Williamson. The RWQCC serves as a public forum that reviews facility plans and domestic wastewater National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits, specifically construction and operating permits of public, private, and industrial facilities. Greater Egypt is also under contract with IEPA to coordinate the Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program (VLMP) in the southern tip of Illinois: Alexander, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union and Williamson Counties. The VLMP serves as an educational program for citizens to learn about lake ecosystems, as well as a cost-effective method of gathering fundamental information on Illinois’ inland lakes.
Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning — Greater Egypt provides assistance to the local governments to complete Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plans. These plans are then used by the region to implement projects designed to minimize the loss of property and life in the event of a natural disaster. Greater Egypt assists organizations in the region with applications for funding hazard mitigation projects.
Technical Assistance — Greater Egypt provides a wide variety to technical assistance services. These services include demographic data collection and distribution, GIS mapping, and indentifying and assisting with grant opportunities.
Local Government Services — Greater Egypt also provides specific services to the local governments. An example of these services is the administration of the Williamson County Enterprise Zone and assistance with the administration of the Jackson County Enterprise Zone.