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.

Google Impact-WEIU

We want to thank WEIU and Jakira Smith for taking the time to interview us during this important vote for our community. Together we can win an extra $250,000 to help us complete phases 2 of our business innovation center. Remember to vote for Mattoon in Motion at

A new center is making its way to Coles County, thanks to a generous grant from Google. Officials say the Cross County Innovation Center in Mattoon will allow the next generation of entrepreneurs to receive support in developing their businesses. News Watch’s Jakira Smith spoke with those who helped make this all possible.

Keep up the good work Mattoon!!!

Yearly Team Meeting 2019

Mattoon in Motion convened a Team Meeting of all six of the task teams and the coordinating council last week.

We had some exciting news to share about the many projects that we are currently working on. As you can see there is a great cross section of individuals who are apart of our organization.

Be sure to like our Facebook page for updates on all the great work that we are preparing for in 2019.

Thank you all for your help and support.