Mattoon in Motion

Mattoon in Motion was created in the fall of 2017 when a cross-section of more than 80 passionate community members came together and participated in a series of planning sessions initiated by the Mattoon Chamber of Commerce, Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation and the MAPPING community planning program offered by the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University.

MAPPING is an acronym for Management and Planning Programs involving nonMetropolitan Groups. The community identifies the goals, strategies, and projects necessary to move the community forward as well as a plan for implementation.

The MAPPING program was created in 1991 at the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, located at Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois. With initial support from the Office of the Lt. Governor and the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council, the MAPPING program was designed to help leaders in small rural communities improve their decision-making process for community and economic development. Since 1996, the support for this program has been transferred to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).

Out of these planning sessions, community members created six long-term community development goals for the city of Mattoon, Illinois.

These six long-term goals are:

  • Workforce Training and Development
  • Economic Development /Robust Economy
  • Tourism
  • Youth Development
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Housing

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