Mattoon High School Homecoming 2019

Mattoon in Motion would like to thank all the Mattoon High School students who participated in Green and Gold Service Day. Thank you to all the volunteers who supported the Mattoon Chamber of Commerce in beautifying the downtown with green and gold mums along with all the students who volunteered their time to make their community brighter.

As we look to this week, we want to showcase the events for Homecoming 2019.

Wednesday, September 25th

The homecoming Run and Parade-Come and watch!! The Race Starts at 5:45 P.M and the parade starts at 6:30 P.M. along Broadway. For more information please click here.

Come out and support your community!

Thursday, September 26th Futures Day

Parents and Students are welcome to Explore possible futures in Coles County. Coles County is moving forward with numerous developments such as the Hilton Garden Inn and Coles-Moultrie Convention Center, the new Blue Cross & Blue Shield building and Elevate Business Innovation Center/ Co-working Space. No need to go any further. There are many possible futures for your student in our community.

Mattoon in Motion Workforce Committee is proud to be a supporter of this day to showcase all the great things our area has to offer.

Parents come and learn with your students. For more information click here.

Friday, September 27th MHS Alumni Day

Focused around the idea of honoring our past and making connections to our present and future, come and find out who will become part of the MHS Hall of Fame.

The future is bright, come, and be apart of our communities development.

Mattoon is Open For Business!!!

Enterprise Zone Update!

Mattoon and Cole’s County have been awarded Enterprise Zone status. Coles Together has been working around the clock to obtain this highly competitive classification for our area. The zone takes effect on January 1, 2020. The initial term is 15 years with an additional 10 years awarded if the Zone is properly managed.

What this means…

Benefits for retail, commercial, and service sectors include

(1) a sales tax exemption on building materials and;
(2) a reduction of taxes on any real estate improvement as follows:

For taxes levied in the first year of abatement: 100%

For taxes levied in the second year of abatement: 75%

For taxes levied in the third year of the abatement: 50%

Abatement will cease after the third year.

Benefits for the manufacturing and industrial sector include

(1) a sales tax exemption on building materials and;
(2) an abatement of taxes on any real estate improvement as follows:

For taxes levied in years 1-10 of the abatement: 100%
Abatement will cease after the 10th year.

Please note if the property is also in a TIF, the real estate abatement benefit is not allowed by Illinois statute.

The new zone is excellent news for Mattoon and the surrounding area. If you know someone who wants to start a small business or grow their business, this is the place to be and now is the time to prepare.

The development has already started with the groundbreaking of the New Hilton Garden Inn and Coles-Moultrie Convention Center.

Are you interested in starting a new business?

Elevate CCIC, Inc. can help you start your new business and prepare you for the latest incentives along with Coles Together to supply you with the needed resources you need to succeed.

We want to thank everyone who is contributing to the development of the area and it’s citizens.

Together we can achieve more.

Mattoon In Motion-Top 100

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.

Parks and Recreation

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.  

From MIM conversations, the city of Mattoon established a new bike trail committee and Tree Commission. Both of which focus on their respective topics.  Mattoon in the spring and summer months holds a wide verity of Softball and baseball tournaments and from this success, the city of Mattoon plans to build a second youth baseball field at Lawson Park.

Douglas Heart Nature Center

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.

YMCA-Girls on the Run

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.

Central Football Club (CFC)

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.

Sharp Iron Athletics

And check out Sharp Iron Athletics which hold a wide variety of programs for area residents which will help you achieve your goals of better health.

Many more opportunities in our great community

These are just a few examples of what our community offers. We have many more opportunities for outdoor recreation, and we invite all our residents and visitors to stay fit for life.

Mattoon in Motion Workforce Committee Update!

Futures Day has been added to the exciting lineup of Homecoming events here in Mattoon.

When: Sept. 26. at Mattoon High School

First session from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.  Second Session from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. for any parents/guardians who want to learn more about the schools and professions in and around the area. 

To help move this forward Mattoon in Motions work force committee which consist of, Mattoon High School, Lake Land College, LSC Communications, Eastern IL Education for Employment Systems 340, Sarah Bush Lincoln health center, The Mattoon Chamber of Commerce, the City of Mattoon, Innovative Staff Solutions and many volunteers are working on making this day a success.

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.

  1. How will informed do you feel regarding the range of options available to their student after they complete high school?
  2. How well informed do you feel regarding educational options available to their student (junior college university trade school, apprenticeships, etc.)
  3. How well informed do you feel regarding scholarship opportunities available to your student?
  4. How well informed do you feel regarding current career opportunities in the Mattoon area?
  5. How well equipped do you feel to help your student make decisions on their next steps after high school?

The Results

From these survey results, we are developing ways to disseminate the needed information to the parents in the area.

Earlier this year, we focused on the Lake Land College Fast Track Program and its partnership with LSC communications. If you haven’t noticed they are extending this program to Mars Pet Care as well.

If you or your organization want to participate in Futures Day, please click here. The deadline is September 5th.

If you want to know more about area workforce opportunities, please visit our workforce in Motion Page here. Or if you would like to volunteer in any one of our 6 committees please contact us today.