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Cannabis Cultivation Center in Delavan Expanding

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Revolution Enterprises says once their expansion is complete, they will have over 650,000 square feet of growing facilities as well as greenhouses. The company also promises hundreds of jobs for the local area.

"It's incredibly humbling...it become apparent to me that it was actually a responsibility," said Revolution CEO Mark de Souza.

de Souza says he greatly values the relationship his company has established with Delevan amd describes what makes the city a great base for his company's operations, "Not only situating itself in a place where we could build our facility and have growth opportunities but also do that in partnership with a town that could use the economic impact."

Delavan has a population of about 2,000 people and they have struggled with a dwindling downtown business district -- which has impacted the city's tax revenue.

Things started looking up in 2015 -- when Revolution started growing medicinal cannabis in Delavan. Now, they're adding another 75,000 square feet of cultivation space, along with dozens of acres of greenhouse space.

"There's tax money that will go into education and our schools and the municipality for the next 23 years," said Delavan Mayor Elizabeth Skinner.

"Our tax dollars have helped build a brand new high school here in Delavan, we continue to help economically by being an employer here, luring people to move here," added de Souza.

Skinner says she was a little bit wary of welcoming a marijuana business at first, but now she is happy to have the partnership.

"Looking back now, it would have been very easy to have a knee-jerk reaction, but instead we started talking about it," said Skinner.

Now she says the future of Delavan is bright, especially as recreational marijuana legalization approaches.

"I have some concerns, but it was a done deal, it was coming to the state of illinois, but if it's coming here I want those tax dollars in our community," she added.

Revolution expects to complete their expansion by 2022.

Andy Weber

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