If you know of someone who wants to start a business we have a number of resources for individuals on our New Economic Development tab. For example, Mattoon has a number of Tax Increment Financing Districts (TIF Districts).
One can find all the information on the City’s TIF districts here: Broadway East, Interstate 57, Midtown and South Route TIF are all available and if needed one can download and review the cities 2013 comprehensive plan.
We have included a map of potential business locations in incentive zones on LOIS, an economic development tool provided by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (IDCEO). Check out the map here. If you have an empty storefront in a TIF district or incentive zone and would like it to be displayed on the map please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mattoon Illinois is a great place to live, raise a family, and start a business. We have tried to put the resources for entrepreneurs to understand the area and its available locations in one place. Also, the Robust Economy Committee is currently working on Phase 1 of a business innovation center called the Cross County Innovation Center (CCIC). This center will be a place where people can receive the information needed to start and grow their small business.
Together we can move Mattoon forward.