Mattoon in Motion won the $250K Peoples Choice award from Google.org

Mattoon in Motion won the Google.org Impact Challenge Illinois! The grand prize of $250,000 went to the organization which received the most votes in the peoples choice award. Together as a community, we received enough votes for our project to win the peoples choice award and the grand prize! We won because of the passion and involvement of the community and could not have succeeded without all of you who support the development of Mattoon Illinois and the East Central Illinois region.

Be sure to stay up to date with what is happening in the community and the progression of our business innovation center.

Grow with Google Team pic

Shown, from left to right, are Amanda Lessley, president/CEO of the Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation; volunteer Jonathan Kaye; volunteer Rick Hall; Mattoon Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ed Dowd; Peace Corps Fellow intern Carlos Ortega; Blake Pierce, director of real estate for Rural King; Clair Kaye; and Jeanne Dau, sponsor of ClassE.

Google Impact-WEIU

We want to thank WEIU and Jakira Smith for taking the time to interview us during this important vote for our community. Together we can win an extra $250,000 to help us complete phases 2 of our business innovation center. Remember to vote for Mattoon in Motion at g.co/illinoischallenge

A new center is making its way to Coles County, thanks to a generous grant from Google. Officials say the Cross County Innovation Center in Mattoon will allow the next generation of entrepreneurs to receive support in developing their businesses. News Watch’s Jakira Smith spoke with those who helped make this all possible.

Keep up the good work Mattoon!!!

Yearly Team Meeting 2019

Mattoon in Motion convened a Team Meeting of all six of the task teams and the coordinating council last week.

We had some exciting news to share about the many projects that we are currently working on. As you can see there is a great cross section of individuals who are apart of our organization.

Be sure to like our Facebook page for updates on all the great work that we are preparing for in 2019.

Thank you all for your help and support.

The City of Mattoon Bicycle Plan

Biking is a popular activity, a moderate form of exercise within the physical capabilities of most people. However, it need not be limited to weekend outings on designated trails or quiet rural roads. Although cycling is often thought of as just for recreation and exercise, nearly half (43%) of all bike trips are destination-based—and many more would be if better facilities existed. Biking can be a great form of transportation, especially for short, local trips. National data indicate that 27% of all car trips are one mile or shorter; 40% are less than two miles. When cycling conditions are improved, people are more willing to use bikes instead of cars for these short trips—which benefits their health, pocketbooks and surrounding air quality. This plan explains the types of on-road and off-road bicycle facilities needed for a bikeway network in Mattoon. Be sure to look at the plan and if you have questions please contact the City of Mattoon.

The bike plan is just the start of making Mattoon a better place to live. Mattoon is moving forward one step at a time. Check out the Economic development tab for more information.

Also, don’t forget to vote for Mattoon in Motion and help us win the $250,000 grand prize.