Workforce Development Update

Workforce development was one of the six committees created when Mattoon in Motion started.

Our Goal is to work towards developing a thriving workforce by promoting and showcasing our communities efforts to strengthen programs that meet the needs of area employers, residents, and employees.

To accomplish this, we are steadily raising awareness of available jobs, needed skills, and business opportunities in the region.

Collectively we are a group of educational institutions and business in the area working together for the positive development of the community.

There are many programs that will help train and support workers for area businesses in need of a skilled workforce.

You can find a list of programs here that you might not have known are available.

If you are a business that needs a skilled workforce, Lake Land College can help. Check out this video which was created to showcase LSC Communications active participation in the Lake Land College Fast Track Program.

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.

Thank you

Youth Development Update!!

Youth Development Committee Update!!!


Today Energized Partnerships welcomed two Mattoon Youth Council members to speak about why they are going to continue to live, work and go to school in the area.

Meah and Anna are both actively engaged in the community and are excited about working on the B.I.O.N.I.C. service learning program in the High School. They discussed what it is like to volunteer in the community as High School students and presented to others in the audience how best to retain our communities youth from their perspective.

Youth Development Committee- Energized Partnership

If you did not know, the Youth Committee has divided up into two sub-committees.

Energized Partnership is a sub-committee which has made significant gains to strengthen partnerships within the community. The Youth Council is comprised of two of our community members in the Youth Committee, as well as youth who are enrolled in our local high school. Each member of the Youth Committee is nominated for the council by peers and faculty.

Our goal in the next ten years is to nurture Mattoon’s young residents and encourage them to be actively involved in the community while offering them unique opportunities to explore who they are, develop their skills, and discover their passion.

Here is a list of other organizations at Mattoon High School that engage Youth with the community.

We want to thank all the passionate community members who work to create safe spaces in our community for our youth to grow and prosper.


Economic Development in Mattoon

Mattoon is heading in the right direction! As you may have noticed there is talk of new development all around town .

The bike symbols around town are a new addition to our community. Construction is progressing on the new Marshalls site at the Cross County Mall and the newest development announcement is a Hilton Garden Inn with an onsite restaurant and an adjoining conference space are in the works.

Along with Elevate CCIC, Inc. (Elevate) Co-working spaces/ Business incubator and innovation center our goals of growing the city of Mattoon and the surrounding area are becoming a reality.

With progress comes progress. If you have an idea for a business now is the time to start! Contact us today to found out how we can Elevate your business to the next level. Let’s move forward together.

Bike lanes and Sharrows around town

Mattoon In Motion is ecstatic to see the development of bike lines and Sharrows in our City. But do you know the difference between the two symbols?

Sharrow symbol

This road marking means, share the road with cyclists. The new pavement marking with a bicycle with two arrows above it is a lane-sharing symbol know as as “sharrow.” When a sharrow is present it means that a cyclist may legally use the full lane .

Bike Lane

This road marking is an official Bike Lane.

In designated bike lanes. Even if bicyclists are not present, vehicles are not allowed to drive, park, idle in this space or pick up passengers in these designated lanes.

Theses markings can be found along 21st Street from Western Ave to Richmond Ave., Richmond Ave from 21st Street to 12th Street and Richmond Ave East from Logan Street to Holiday Drive (Cross-County Mall)

More information on bike rules can be found in the Illinois Bicycle Rules of the Road .

We would like to thank everyone who has participated in this initiative. Let’s keep moving Mattoon forward.

Rural Partners visit

We would like to thank Rural Partners for visiting last week to learn about all the great things that Mattoon in Motion is doing in community.  We were honored to host this great group of volunteers whose goal it is to strengthen, promote and enhance rural communities in Illinois.

 We would also like to thank the Mattoon Tourism and Arts Department for allowing us to use the Lone Elm Room for this gathering and to Ed Dowd from the Mattoon chamber of commerce who helped organize the event. Again we would like to thank all our supporters who are continuing to get the word out about Mattoon and all the great attributes it has to offer. #mattoonIL

Rural Partners of Illinois