Pritzker Administration Awards 50 BIG Grants for Businesses in CU Area

First Wave of Business Interruption Grants Released to 2,655 Small Businesses, Including More Than 50 Percent Minority-Owned and Businesses Hit Hardest by COVID-19  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday August 13, 2020 CHAMPAIGN-URBANA – Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) today visited the Champaign-Urbana area to announce $46 million in Read more »

Champaign County Safety Pledge Launched to Keep Health and Safety of Workers, Residents, Students, and Future Visitors at the Forefront

Today, a coalition of local organizations and municipalities have launched a new online resource to help Champaign County businesses as they progress through the next stages of the state’s Restore Illinois plan. The new website – – was developed to maintain the safety and well-being of our communities and to share information and resources Read more »

Virtual Community Dining and Toast to Celebrate Champaign County Hospitality

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                    March 26, 2020 Virtual Community Dining and Toast to Celebrate Champaign County Hospitality Champaign, IL – On Saturday, March 28,, You’re Welcome CU, and Visit Champaign County will host Takeout & A Toast for Champaign County virtually though Facebook. The event encourages locals to get takeout from Read more »

Postponed: 15th Annual Innovation Celebration

March 11, 2020 For the health and safety of our community, we have decided to postpone our 15th Annual Innovation Celebration – scheduled for April 1st – until a later date still to be determined. While there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Champaign County, we are taking proactive measures to protect our 400+ attendees. Read more »

New Report Highlights Willard Airport’s $99.75M Economic Impact to Region

For Immediate Release  Contacts: Carly McCrory, Executive Director Champaign County Economic Development Corporation 217-649-2586 Tim Bannon, Executive Director University of Illinois-Willard Airport 217-244-8689  NEW REPORT HIGHLIGHTS WILLARD AIRPORT’S $99.75M ECONOMIC IMPACT TO REGION CHAMPAIGN, IL, October 24, 2019 – In a new report measuring the economic impact of the University of Read more »