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.

Thank you for your votes

We want to thank everyone who has voted already in the Google.org impact challenge. Without the support of the community, we would not have a chance to win this.  No matter what happens we will need the community’s ongoing support to fully actualize the Cross County Innovation Center.

We want to thank Rural King for putting together this video and want to thank all the community partners and organizations who have helped to spread the word so far.

We have 4 more days!!  Make sure anyone who has not voted yet knows to vote.

Thank you all for your continued help and support!

Cross County Innovation Center Competing for $250,000 People Choice Award!!! Vote Now!!

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We are excited to share with you that Mattoon in Motion has been selected as a winner in the Google.org impact Challenge Illinois!! g.co/illinoischallenge

The Cross County Innovation Center has received a $75,000 grant from Google as part of their Illinois Impact Challenge.

NOW the public has the chance to select the best of the ten projects to receive the People’s Choice Award and an additional $250,000 in funding.  g.co/illinoischallenge

Cast your vote by visiting g.co/illinoischallenge and be sure to Vote for Mattoon in Motion’s  Cross County Innovation Center!!!

For more information on our Center please click here.

We’re excited for the opportunity to help create more economic opportunity in our community and region!!

Thank you for your support.

Mattoon is making great strides in our Cross County Innovation Center.

Earlier this year the Mattoon in Motion Robust Economy group sought participation from the community to gauge interest in an innovation center being proposed by our members. We received great feedback from the public to our survey and are working on implementing our findings.

The mission of the currently named Cross County Innovation Center is to encourage, connect and grow small and startup businesses in the region by creating a mixed-use, co-working space that provides resources and opportunities to empower success. We are working toward developing this innovation center in an underutilized space in the Cross County Mall in partnership with Rural King. Rural King has generously donated nearly 6,000 square feet of space behind the former In-Home Medical retail location.

We are currently working on the first phase of our three-phase process. The first phase once achieved will be ready to use space.  This ready to use space will be a multipurpose facility for gatherings and innovative idea sharing. It will have all the basic communication components in place for start-ups and small business ventures to utilize. All HVAC, restrooms, and electrical needs will be up and running. We will have a polished concrete floor and the highest speed internet access available.

The second phase of our project will include a formally completed workspace, with finished interior design. We will have a warm and inviting location with glass elements for aesthetics. We will have multiple conference rooms with teleconferencing equipment. We will have workstations and privacy booths for client interaction. We will have business mailboxes and a business center available for members to utilize. It will be a community facing co-work space complete and ready for business partnerships. We will have an open floor plan area with a coffee/breakfast bar for member entrepreneurs.

The third phase of our project will include a partnership with Classe, the countywide entrepreneur high school junior and senior class which will use hold all of their classes at the Innovation Center. It will have 24/7 access for members who need a working space when their schedule allows. We plan on continuing to involve the community and civic organizations in the planning and implementation of the Center.

Our ultimate goal is to keep our local talent in the community and region by providing them with a fantastic location to spark their entrepreneurial spirit and grow their businesses at home. It is not just about the space it’s what will happen in this space. New ideas will collide, start-ups will learn and be mentored, and entrepreneurs will collaborate and be given the assistance they need to grow. To complete this we will need the communities to help to make this happen and at a future time will need the financial support of the community for operational cost until the center is able to become fully actualized.

Check out the full article here.

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New Economic Development Tab

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 mattooninmotion@gmail.com.

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.