Mattoon in Motion 2nd Annual Community Update

Featuring Guest Speaker

Joshua Covey

6-8 pm, Thursday, November 14th

Cross County Mall (Former Carson’s Location)

Doors open at 5:30 PM

Join us to learn more about the latest accomplishments from the six of our different committees. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and learn from Joshua Covey, Stephen R. Covey’s son and part of the Franklin Covey Foundation.

About Joshua Covey

With a background in strategy consulting, Joshua has advised executives across multiple industries including healthcare, technology, consumer products and education. He draws on a wealth of experience in helping organizations to more effectively achieve their objectives.

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Futures day update-

Mattoon in Motion Workforce Committee organized a “Live” list of new scholarship information for parents and students.

The list of Scholarship Information as of 9/17/19 is a accumulation of information from various local resources and is here for your convenience. Come back periodically as this list will be updated as new scholarship information becomes available.

As the workforce development committee, we surveyed parents at MHS registration and found that parents needed/ wanted more information on Scholarships in and around the area. This live link is our effort to put actions into outcomes.

Also, don’t forget to mark your calendars for Mattoon in Motion Community Update November 14th from 6 pm-8 pm at the Cross County Mall.

Come and see what is happening in our community. Food will be provided.

Voters Choice- Chicago Innovation Awards- Mattoon in Motion- Let’s Vote!

Mattoon in Motion is named one of the Top 100 Finalists for the 18th Annual Chicago Innovation Awards!

We are now in the running for the top 10 and other awards that are being offered within the Chicago Innovation Awards.

There is a People’s Choice Award. Let’s show our commitment to our region by Voting for Mattoon in Motion. We have been here before and have succeeded.

Let’s do it again!

Click here to vote, we are on page 6.

Voting ends on Tuesday, October 15th.

Tom Kuczmarski, the co-founder of the Chicago Innovation Awards, said, “This year’s nominees are some of the fastest-growing organizations in the upper Midwest, and we are proud to celebrate them.” See full press release here.

The top 100 were invited to a day-long executive education course at the Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

Final winners will be announced October 28th. Be sure to Vote!

The winners will be invited to ring the Nasdaq Bell in New York City, and meetings with the Mayor, Governor and Cook County President along with widespread media recognition.

Let’s keep moving forward and getting the word out about our great community.

Innovation is not just in Chicago.

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.