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9/24/2013 2:11:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
County native takes on IDC/U of I post
LAWRENCEVILLE - Courtney Yost is the new Community & Economic Development Educator for the University of Illinois Extension as well as Director for the Lawrence County Industrial Development Council.

Yost, who has been on the job for about a week, replaces Ann Emken, who retired.

Yost, in a news release, said her duties will focus on economic development for Lawrence County, including other duties for Edwards, Richland, Wabash, and Wayne counties, when needed.

"There is so much potential for Lawrence County. I was born and raised here and I cannot wait to aid in making Lawrence County the place I know it can be," Yost said. "I love that there is an established group of individuals who are striving to improve Lawrence County and I am eager to work with them."

Yost is a 2004 Red Hill High School graduate. She earned an Associates in Science and Arts degree from Olney Central College in 2005. She then obtained her Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies: Rhetoric and Public Advocacy from Eastern Illinois University in 2007 and her Master's degree in Communication Studies from Colorado State University in 2009.

While Yost has been back in Lawrence County since 2009, she said even while she was living in other places, Lawrence County has always been her home.

The Industrial Development Council's mission is to encourage industrial, commercial, business, wholesale, and retail development, as well as other supporting services, which will provide good job opportunities, broaden the tax base, and improve the quality of living in Lawrence County.

The Lawrence County IDC provides comprehensive economic development services to companies, including, but not limited to, facility location studies, feasibility studies, building and site searches, industrial sites and buildings, detailed community information, local grant applications, and assistance in all phases of site selections. All services are free of charge.

People with questions regarding the IDC or U of I Extension can contact Yost at 943-5219 or via email at

The IDC/Uof I Extension office is located at 600 Cherry Lane, along Illinois Route 250, just west of Lawrenceville, and is open from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except for lunch between noon and 1 p.m.


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