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.
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, and the Community Development Block Grant.
Water Quality Management Planning — Greater Egypt is contracted by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) to develop watershed-based plans. 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 identifying 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.