Illinois Growth & Innovation Fund

IGIF Economic Impact

On Thursday, June 16, we hosted Joe Aguilar, Deputy Director – Investment Analysis and Due Diligence for Illinois State Treasurer Michael W. Frerichs, at our office for two info sessions about the Illinois Growth and Innovation Fund (IGIF). We had a total of 38 attendees.   The underlying goal of the Illinois Growth and Innovation Read more »

New FY17 EDC Board Members

At our Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday, June 15 (the last of FY16), we welcomed new Board members for FY17, starting July 1, and thanked our outgoing Board members for their years of service to the EDC. New FY17 Board members: Scott Miller, Dash Management Bill Walter, A&R Mechanical  Mandi Shelmadine, Grainger Kevin Sage, ECI Building & Construction Read more »

Final Tier II Committee Report for Unit 4 Schools

We were happy to participate on the Tier II Committee for Unit 4 Schools, charged with the following: The charge of the Tier Two Committee is to review recommendations from Tier One and, based on this information, provide recommendations to the Board of Education in the following areas:  location of facilities, collaborations/partnerships with other public Read more »

Champaign County First Trip


Craig Rost, our Executive Director, joined the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce and other community stakeholders for the annual Champaign County First trip to Washington D.C., June 6-8. Champaign County First is a united countywide effort to identify projects and/or initiatives that, when successfully completed, will greatly benefit the citizens of Champaign County; spur economic Read more »

Champaign-Urbana Named One of Top Cities for Job-Seeking College Grads

Champaign-Urbana earned the #4 spot in the smallest metros (population below 250,000) on American Institute for Economic Research’s (AIER) ranking of the top cities in America for young college graduates. The nine-factor formula centered on demographics, economics and quality of life. Additional factors in the Employment Destinations Index included bars and restaurants, entertainment and arts venues, Read more »

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