Over the last several years, while the world was coping with the consequences of the pandemic, AltonWorks was busy making plans to help transform downtown Alton into a place where people who want to work, live, and play can belong. To activate a plan as large as the transformation of downtown Alton, it takes the cooperation of many government agencies locally, regionally, and nationally. AltonWorks has developed a federal, state, and local legislative advocacy agenda that focuses on the advancement of AltonWorks' projects, the Wedge Innovation Center, and outdoor recreation in Illinois.
AltonWorks was founded on the principles of livability, environmental stewardship, social justice, and inclusivity and believes in rebuilding communities for optimum social impact. As an intermediary organization, AltonWorks offers thought leadership, planning, convening, and connecting, adding capacity to the Region’s ability to attract funding, expand social impact, catalyze economic growth, and anchor downstate recovery.
This document outlines the requests AltonWorks has made on the local, state, and national level for financial support to fund the future growth and health of downtown Alton. These funds will be utilized to provide opportunities for small businesses, entrepreneurs, educators, retirees, families, visitors, residents who want upward mobility and job opportunities.