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

Vanlaningham Park Clean Up Update

Thank you to all the volunteers who came out to support Mattoon In Motions first ever park clean up day. We had a total of 26 people show up! It was a fantastic turn out!!

We could not have asked for better help. We spent just over an hour at the park and it looked tremendously better than it did when we showed up.

Volunteer- Jenna Hilligoss

Our next Park Clean up is scheduled for Sunday, May 26th, 4pm at Little Kinzel Park (28th Street and Marion Avenue).

We hope to see you there!

Be sure to stay up to date on all the activities that Mattoon In Motion is doing. We are always needing volunteers who are passionate about making a difference in Mattoon.

See you at our next park clean up day.

Park Clean up day Vanlaningham Park

The Parks and Rec Committee would like to invite you to the first Park clean-up day of the year.
We will be meeting at Vanlaningham Park this Sunday, April 28th, 2019 from 4 pm – 6 pm. 
Come help us clean up debris and make the park look nicer.
We ask that you provide your own equipment, if you have any available rakes or shovels to bring, please do so. You are also welcome to invite family members, friends or acquaintances to come help as well.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Mattoon in Motion is Still in Motion!!


Mattoon in Motion is still in Motion! After winning the grant, many new exciting opportunities have sprouted.

Volunteers have been working nonstop behind the scenes, and we are on the right track for the completion of the Cross County Innovation Center (CCIC).

At this time we want to thank all the hard work each volunteer has offered in the development of the (CCIC). Stay tuned for when we start to renovate our space.

Not only are we making progress towards the CCIC volunteers in other committees are working towards projects to make Mattoon and the surrounding area great! The Tourism, Parks and Rec, and housing committees are all meeting and making progress towards many objectives.


We have created a   housing resource guideline for citizens of Coles County to easily find out if they qualify for the many housing programs in the area.

Tourism, Parks, Camping, and Wine


Did you know that Mattoon is in the prime location for anyone looking to explore East Central Illinois Wine Country? Tour the list of wineries in the area. Many just 30 miles away. Explore the Map and plan your next trip.

While visiting East Central Illinois Wine Country traverse the great camping opportunities in the area.

Camping and Parks

Camping season is right around the corner, there are many parks which are only a stone’s throw away.

The Parks and Rec Committee is starting a monthly park clean-up day see our calendar for more information on what Mattoon in Motion is doing.

Interested in understanding the business climate in Mattoon and the surrounding area? Research our Economic Development section, information regarding TIF districts, locations, and available buildings in incentive zones.

We are still looking for volunteers in many community sectors. Contact us today to volunteer. If you have suggestions or updates please let us know and we will work on them in a timely manner.

To all the citizens who have supported Mattoon in Motion, Thank you.

Let’s keep moving Forward. 

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

Mattoon in Motion won the 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.