Franklin County Regional Economic Development Corporation 

(FREDCO) is here to assist existing businesses, new businesses and communities in Franklin County. All of our economic development tools are available to you – beginning with all the resources that you will find here. Franklin County offers the convenience of urban life without the distractions of metropolitan living. Franklin County allows you and your business to flourish in a small-town environment. Our towns and villages provide a setting that allows you to focus on w

hat’s important in your life – your family, your business and your future.

• Workforce Training Assistance • Extensive Transportation Infrastructure • Financial Incentives • Excellent Healthcare Services • Educational Opportunity • Low Crime Rate • Available Property

Contact FREDCO

903 W. Washington, Suite 2 / Benton, IL 62812 / ph. 618.435.4000

Rick Linton, Executive Director

We also partner with several local and regional organizations that provide additional economic development services. 


Greater Egypt Planning & Development Corporation services include economic development planning and assistance, hazard mitigation planning, transportation planning, water quality management planning, local government services such as Enterprise Zone administration, GIS mapping, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) drone services in addition to administrative services for local, state, and federal programs.



The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at SIU provides assistance to regional entrepreneurs.  The SBDC offers specialized services to include Technology, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and International Trade.   The SIU Small Business Incubator is located within the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center.


Champion Community Investments is an economic and community development Organization investing in local communities and small business by providing critically needed financing often unavailable from mainstream financial institutions.


Man-Tra-Con’s primary mission is to collaborate effectively with our workforce partners to create quality workforce solutions throughout LWA #25. In addition, Man-Tra-Con collaborates with innovative partners in economic development, healthcare, community and social service and education to create unique solutions to the workforce challenges we face.





Benton Area Economic Development Corporation – Benton features two industrial parks located on both the east and west sides of Interstate 57. Four Rock Bit manufacturers are located in the two parks. There are three excellent facilities now available for medium and large manufacturing companies along with several acres of open land ready for development. These areas are in an enterprise zone and offer many tax incentives to new companies. A new tract of land is now I-57 Airport Business Park located on the West side of Interstate 57. The first resident, Blue Ridge Tractor has started construction at the Business Park. For information contact Dave Cooper (618) 435-3427.


An 80-acre tract of land is ready for development in the Franklin County Industrial Park. The property has roadways, sewer, and water in place and is available for industrial business development or expansion. / Contact:       The West Frankfort Business Incubator has space available for business or manufacturing. Contact: Don Gass, director / 2853 Ken Gray Blvd. / West Frankfort, Illinois 62896 / Phone: 618-201-5690 / E-Mail: / Web site: