BELVIDERE, Ill. (WTVO) – Belvidere officials are pushing for state support to keep the stateline’s largest employer running.
Alderman are meeting tonight to discuss incentives they hope the state can provide to the Stellantis Plant. Mayor Clinton Morris wrote a letter to Governor Pritzker, saying that he believes Belvidere is ready to partner with state and federal government to assist Stellantis in securing Belvidere’s future role as home to automobile manufacturing for the 21st century.
“It is a great manufacturing facility, and we would love Stellantis to stay,” Morris said. “For the City of Belvidere, and for the region and in Illinois, it really doe not get any bigger. We want to keep auto manufacturing here in Belvidere.”
Morris said he hopes that Illinois can become a destination for electric vehicle manufacturing.
Stellantis is also at risk of losing millions of dollars from the state, including the Edge Tax Credit. This is due to repeated plant shutdowns created by a global microchip shortage.
The push for state support is welcomed by others within the Boone County business community.
“I think that this letter the City of Belvidere is proposing, and as well as some additionals that are in the pipeline, are encouraging,” said Pamela Lopez-Fettes, the Executive Director of Growth Dimensions.
Lopez-Fettes said that there is plenty that the region has to offer.
“We have a community college that built a technology center, and which they could translate some of those skills that are essential in there to these positions, and make a great partnership with businesses,” Lopez-Fettes said. “In order to remain competitive, we need to have a robust incentive program. This is not a local issue, this is a statewide issue.”
Stellantis has declined to comment.