Thursday, November 4, 2021, Ed Dowd, Executive Director of the Mattoon Chamber of Commerce was a guest on 101.3 WMCI.  Here is a brief description of what he covered during the interview:

  1. Mattoon IS in Motion -Mattoon in Motion the volunteer not for profit organization has been in place since 2017 and getting as strong as ever with over 100 community members involved. We have two new committees that are making great strides to improve the quality of life in the community. The Mattoon Broadband Coalition and the Mattoon Sports Complex Plus Committee. Both groups have ambitious goals to support our community and secure our future growth and development. The goal of the Broadband Coalition is to make affordable Broadband available to every resident of Coles County. During the pandemic the school district provided Chromebooks to all students at no cost to help them with their classes. What they found out was even though they were given the computers many of these students did not have access to internet service causing them to have to find internet access outside of their homes to complete their school work. The Broadband Coalition is working with local service providers and grant opportunities to fix this gap in accessibility.                                                                                                                                                                                                       
  2. Last week the community unveiled a potential $60 million sports complex project just west of Interstate 57. Rural King has committed to donating 96 acres of land to the project. The plan is for Sports Facilities Companies, SFC, a sports management agency, to develop and manage the project once it is completed. The project is estimated to attract nearly 600,000 visitors to Mattoon and generate over $23 million in additional spending on an annual basis. The Sports Complex Plus Committee has been established and already has 10 members whose goal is to fundraiser and support the implementation of the project. More details regarding the complex can be found at:

You can listen to the complete interview here: