Mattoon in Motion attended the Chicago Innovation Nominee Celebration last night in Chicago, Illinois. There were around 700 corporate, startup, and non-profit innovators who attended. Last night they announced this year’s top 100 finalists. Out of 400 nominees, Mattoon in Motion is one of the top 100 finalists who will go on to the next round.
The final round will consist of a total of 25 winners which will get the opportunity to promote our commitment to innovation on a global stage. There is also a peoples choice award too so be on the look out for another update here soon so we can show Illinois what Mattoon is all about. Let’s keep moving forward and doing great things.
When we collaborate, we utilized our resources effectively
and efficiently, and we are getting recognized as a community. Together.
Mattoon in Motion (MIM) believes Parks and Recreation in our community is an important part of our communities’ development. Our vision in the next ten years to create, sustain, and develop facilities and venues which allow residents and visitors to partake in a variety of sports leagues as well as create spaces for individual recreation opportunities.
Individual organizations such as Douglas Heart Nature Center and the YMCA offer a wide variety of outdoor activities and programs for youth in our area. Douglas Heart is a premier outdoor nature center which aims to showcase experiential, hands-on, inquiry-based education. If you have not gotten a chance to experience Douglas Heart Nature Center now is the perfect time to visit.
The YMCA offers many programs for area youth and adults alike. With programs such as Girls on the Run which uses a fun, experience-based curriculum, that creatively integrates running and other physical activity, to inspire joy, health, and confidence in girls. Learn more about there program here.
Also, for all you Soccer Fans, Central Football Club (CFC) is available to area youth. Its mission is to provide area youth an opportunity to access the game of Soccer at a competitive level and encourages all athletes to reach the individual’s highest potential to prepare them for the next level.
We encourage parents
and students to take part in this great learning opportunity.
There are over 50 different organizations, colleges, and tech programs from around the area who will be represented on Futures Day.
We want our students to explore their options. A great way to accomplish this is to have those representing different job fields, higher education and technical schools personally meet with our students. This learning opportunity is not only beneficial for our students, but it benefits those visiting our school. They will have the chance to meet with the regions’ most talented students as well as interacting with some of our future leaders.
Mattoon High School principal Rich Stuart
One of the Goals of Mattoon in Motion is developing a thriving workforce that meets the needs of area employers and employees. As a community, there are several workforce opportunities which can help you or your child succeed.
Recently Mattoon in Motion workforce development committee surveyed many parents during registration at Mattoon High School. We asked five questions on the survey.
How will informed do you feel regarding the range of options available to their student after they complete high school?
How well informed do you feel regarding educational options available to their student (junior college university trade school, apprenticeships, etc.)
How well informed do you feel regarding scholarship opportunities available to your student?
How well informed do you feel regarding current career opportunities in the Mattoon area?
How well equipped do you feel to help your student make decisions on their next steps after high school?
From these survey results, we are developing ways to disseminate the needed information to the parents in the area.
Volunteers assisted in the repainting of Ken’s home with resources provided by the members of Mattoon in Motion, Coles County Habitat for Humanity, the United Way of Coles County and The Home Depot. This project is just one example of multiple organizations working together to fill a need which could not be accomplished by any one organization alone.
As a committee, we are dedicated to the citizens of Mattoon in providing informational resources to homeowners. Such as different Housing resources in the area and coming together as a community to assist when we can.
We would like to thank all the volunteers who came out to support this project.
It’s never too late to start planning for tomorrow.
If you wish to know more about Mattoon in Motion or would like to volunteer for any of our six committees please contact us today.
Housing Development through Mattoon High School.
Also, did you know that Mattoon High School building trades class is about to start building the first of several homes in the Meadows Subdivision? Bids are being accepted now with a minimum of $179,500 and will be accepted until 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 6, 2019. For more informtion please visit their page here.
Resources in the community
Good news for homeowners!! There are a number of programs that are available in our community which can help you with home improvement projects. Check out our Housing Matrix today to see if you and your family qualify.
Mattoon in Motion would like to thank all the participants in the video for their time and constant dedication to the community, and its residents.
If you are a potential business be sure to take a look at our Economic Development page and if you need assistance Elevate CCIC, Inc. when complete will be a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship in the region to help you start your future business.
Together we can move Mattoon and the region forward.
Contact us today if you would like to contribute to the development of Mattoon and the area.