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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Mattoon in Motion Workforce Committee Update!

Futures Day has been added to the exciting lineup of Homecoming events here in Mattoon.

When: Sept. 26. at Mattoon High School

First session from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.  Second Session from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. for any parents/guardians who want to learn more about the schools and professions in and around the area. 

To help move this forward Mattoon in Motions work force committee which consist of, Mattoon High School, Lake Land College, LSC Communications, Eastern IL Education for Employment Systems 340, Sarah Bush Lincoln health center, The Mattoon Chamber of Commerce, the City of Mattoon, Innovative Staff Solutions and many volunteers are working on making this day a success.

We encourage parents and students to take part in this great learning opportunity.

There are over 50 different organizations, colleges, and tech programs from around the area who will be represented on Futures Day.

We want our students to explore their options. A great way to accomplish this is to have those representing different job fields, higher education and technical schools personally meet with our students. This learning opportunity is not only beneficial for our students, but it benefits those visiting our school. They will have the chance to meet with the regions’ most talented students as well as interacting with some of our future leaders.

Mattoon High School principal Rich Stuart

One of the Goals of Mattoon in Motion is developing a thriving workforce that meets the needs of area employers and employees. As a community, there are several workforce opportunities which can help you or your child succeed.

Recently Mattoon in Motion workforce development committee surveyed many parents during registration at Mattoon High School.  We asked five questions on the survey.

  1. How will informed do you feel regarding the range of options available to their student after they complete high school?
  2. How well informed do you feel regarding educational options available to their student (junior college university trade school, apprenticeships, etc.)
  3. How well informed do you feel regarding scholarship opportunities available to your student?
  4. How well informed do you feel regarding current career opportunities in the Mattoon area?
  5. How well equipped do you feel to help your student make decisions on their next steps after high school?

The Results

From these survey results, we are developing ways to disseminate the needed information to the parents in the area.

Earlier this year, we focused on the Lake Land College Fast Track Program and its partnership with LSC communications. If you haven’t noticed they are extending this program to Mars Pet Care as well.

If you or your organization want to participate in Futures Day, please click here. The deadline is September 5th.

If you want to know more about area workforce opportunities, please visit our workforce in Motion Page here. Or if you would like to volunteer in any one of our 6 committees please contact us today.

Economic Development in Mattoon

Mattoon is heading in the right direction! As you may have noticed there is talk of new development all around town .

The bike symbols around town are a new addition to our community. Construction is progressing on the new Marshalls site at the Cross County Mall and the newest development announcement is a Hilton Garden Inn with an onsite restaurant and an adjoining conference space are in the works.

Along with Elevate CCIC, Inc. (Elevate) Co-working spaces/ Business incubator and innovation center our goals of growing the city of Mattoon and the surrounding area are becoming a reality.

With progress comes progress. If you have an idea for a business now is the time to start! Contact us today to found out how we can Elevate your business to the next level. Let’s move forward together.