The Southernmost Illinois Delta Empowerment Zone will be noted for its scenic beauty, economic vitality and high quality of life that are a result of citizens working together to bring about positive change.



The Southernmost Illinois Delta Empowerment Zone (SIDEZ) is a 501(c)3 not-for profit that works on broad economic development initiatives in Alexander, Johnson, Massac and Pulaski counties in the State of Illinois.

SIDEZ operates a revolving loan fund for new and expanding businesses, manages a small business incubator in Mounds, Illinois, promotes local tourism through the development of cycling tours, sponsors an annual ELITE youth camp for future entrepreneurs and funds the Willard Murrie Scholarship for Shawnee Community College students.

Please contact us at 330 Enterprise Lane, Suite 110; Mounds, IL  62964 or 618-745-6307.

In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, SIDEZ is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, and familial status.  To file a complaint of discrimination, write to: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call 800-795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).