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Great things are on the horizon for Mattoon. Many projects are currently underway or will begin soon that will add jobs, sales and tax revenues. The extra tax revenues will help with roads, schools, fire and police protection and infrastructure projects.

Jeremy Yost of Yost Enterprises, LLC is excited to announce that they will be holding a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday September 18th at 10:00 am to celebrate the start of the construction project for the new Hilton Garden Inn and Coles-Moultrie Convention Center. The ceremony will take place at their future home, located on the corner of Route 16 and Lerna Road. The public is welcome to attend the ceremony. Two other major construction projects in the same location should be announcing the start of construction very soon.

Mattoon hotel, convention center project on agenda for 2 meetings

Harold Shores has announced that he will be re-locating Shores Jewelry to its new permanent home on the southeast corner of Broadway Avenue and 14th Street. It will be a standalone 5,000 square foot building with four extra office spaces for small business owners. Harold has already secured three tenants for the new office spaces and is looking for a fourth to rent the last 1,000 square foot space. Construction of the building will begin Oct. 1. The building is scheduled to be completed in March of next year.

Downtown Mattoon building being repaired for Luigi's reopening

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Construction of the new Marshalls department store which will be located at the Cross County Mall is progressing rapidly. The store will be 22,000 square feet, encompassing 4 vacant store fronts. The goal is for the store to open in early November of this year.

Mattoon in Motion has some recent successes that deserve mention. Mattoon in Motion in partnership with the United Way of Coles County, Coles County Habitat for Humanity, and the City of Mattoon participated in the very first housing project which was initiated through Mattoon in Motion’s Housing Committee. Many members of the Housing Committee volunteered their time to help Ken, a local Vietnam Veteran and homeowner repaint his home. Volunteers assisted in the repainting of Ken’s home with resources provided by the members of Mattoon in Motion, Coles County Habitat for Humanity, the United Way of Coles County and Home Depot. This project is just one example of multiple organizations working together to fill a need which could not be accomplished by any one organization alone. Before and after pictures of the project are available at mattooninmotion.com.

Future's Day will be September 26th at Mattoon High School. Future's Day developed through a partnership with Mattoon in Motion's Workforce Committee, Mattoon High School and numerous other organizations. Rich Stuart, the Principal of Mattoon High School, set a lofty goal of 60 organizations participating in the event. With his drive and dedication to the effort, they have reached their goal. Local businesses, colleges, trade schools and tech programs will spend the day with the students teaching them about all the great opportunities that exist for them after high school on a local level. For further details you can visit mattooninmotion.com or visit mattoon.k12.il.us.

Mattoon continues to be in Motion!

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