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The focus of the downtown area of Monticello is starting pay dividends.
 
That is according to Director of Community Development, Callie McFarland. She explains they have seen lots of growth thanks to over a million dollars of investment.
 
 
With the renewed focus into the downtown of rural America in recent years, McFarland indicates there is evidence to show people want to have a thriving downtown and feels rural America is going to have to do a reinvention of itself anyway.
 
 
McFarland feels Monticello's downtown is very unique and has a lot to offer. Additionally, there's a lot of unique destinations for people to come and see.
 
 
The Community Development Office for Monticello has been helping potential business owners for a few years with their entrepenuership bootcamp program which helps prepare business owners for what it takes to not only start a business, but maintain it. 
 
McFarland indicates they will start up the program again soon. To get more information, monticellobootcamp.com or contact McFarland at 217-672-2583. 

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