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Templeton elected to economic development group's board

T.J. Templeton
T.J. Templeton

OGLESBY — T.J. Templeton, vice president and commercial lender for Hometown National Bank in LaSalle, has been elected to the board of directors of the North Central Illinois Economic Development Corp. (NCI).

Templeton joins 12 other board members who direct the industrial development marketing program for the region of Bureau, LaSalle and Putnam counties.

In only two years, NCI has marketed the region and secured an 800 percent increase in industrial inquiries. Steve Aubry, vice president of CIT Trucks, is chairman of the board.

A graduate of Illinois State University and IVCC, Templeton has been a lifelong resident of North Central Illinois, and has been a commercial banker since October 2011 with First Federal Savings Bank and currently Hometown National Bank. He is an avid golfer, active civic leader, and also serves as president of the Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce.

“I am very excited to be joining a board full of area leaders and decision-makers," said Templeton. “I know that the North Central Illinois Economic Development Corporation can really make a difference in the lives of everybody living in the region.”

More than 250 business and elected leaders are voting supporters of the North Central Illinois Economic Development Corp.

“We are proud that T.J. is joining our board as we continue to market the region to secure more investment and jobs,” Aubry said.

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