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Economist Investigates Impact Of FutureGen Project

September 20, 2007

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Dr. Ira Altman, Agribusiness Economist, states that the county that lands the new FutureGen project could score a big boost to their economy. FutureGen is a project in the works that hopes to produce a low-pollution energy from coal. Both Mattoon and Tuscola are hoping to land the new project. Altman states, "Adding 510 jobs to a 7.4 million-job economy (for the state of Illinois) is only a .007 percent increase. But the economic effects are very significant for the counties."