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



We are excited to share with you that Mattoon in Motion has been selected as a winner in the impact Challenge Illinois!!

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.

Cast your vote by visiting 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

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.

Eat, Shop, Play

The City of Mattoon is located in the heart of East Central Illinois right off Interstate 57  and is home to many wonderful people and places.

The Mattoon Library was built with funds from Andrew Carnegie and is one of the many Carnegie libraries in Central Illinois. It hosts a number of activities for the children in the Mattoon area.

In Mattoon, you can eat at the original Burger King, which won its case against the corporate Burger King. The case set a precedent over trademark law that still stands to this day.

It is home to the Cross County Mall, which stands at the crossroads of Coles County and is home to a number of businesses and restaurants in and around the mall.

The downtown is thriving with local businesses and restaurants.

Come and enjoy this great community, and see what it has to offer.

Rural America


Rural America is getting a lot of attention lately.  There are a lot of benefits to growing up and raising a family in cities like Mattoon. As Mattoon in Motion continues to work with the community, we would like everyone to be aware of the possibilities that are available to us.. As a group, we are continuing to move forward, focusing on the future, and making sure that we do not get left behind. Take a look at a few of these articles about Illinois and rural America as a whole.  We can, and are, moving in the right direction. Let’s keep moving.

Chicago Tribune – by Ally Marotti- Illinois second only to California in number of computer science degrees awarded — and more from STEM survey

Illinois ranks fifth nationally in the number of STEM degrees awarded and has the fifth-largest STEM workforce in the country.

Illinois’ workforce is growing quickly

More than 5 percent of jobs in the state are in STEM fields, and Illinois’ workforce in those fields is growing at a quicker pace than the national average, according to the index. STEM employment in the state has risen 2.7 percent annually over the past five years.

Check out the article here.

Des Moines Register- by Donnelle Eller – Silicon Valley is betting on one Iowa town’s efforts to bring tech jobs to rural America

Silicon Valley leaders are joining Pillar Technology’s initiative to help provide intensive training for students in Jefferson, Iowa, a town of 4,200. Participants could land tech jobs paying $65,000.

Check out the article here.

Governing- by Mike Maciag- Your ZIP Code Determines Your Life Expectancy, But Not in These 7 Places

Shelby County, Ill., Census Tract 9595

Educational attainment is one of the strongest predictors of a neighborhood’s life expectancy. But select areas with average or below-average levels of education still have exceptionally high estimated longevity. One example is an area of rural Shelby County, Ill., made up of several small villages and farming communities. Census estimates suggest more than half the population has no education beyond high school, yet its life expectancy is nearly 92 years (+/-7).

Check out more about this here.