Champaign Among Fastest-Growing Cities in Illinois

San Francisco, CA (April 8, 2014) – NerdWallet, a consumer advocacy website, recently conducted a study to find the fastest-growing cities in Illinois – and Champaign ranked third. A hub of central Illinois, Champaign is home to the University of Illinois flagship campus and saw median incomes in town grow by 32.2% between 2009 and Read more »

Champaign County EDC Announces Rost as New Executive Director

The Champaign County Economic Development Corporation is pleased to announce Craig Rost as the new Executive Director. Rost was chosen as the top candidate after a search and evaluation that included EDC Board members and community leaders. Rost’s first day of work is set for Thursday, May 1, 2014. Rost has been dedicated to expanding Read more »

2014 Innovation Celebration Winners Announced

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Over 250 people gathered at the National Center for Supercomputer Applications for the Ninth Annual Innovation Celebration on the evening of February 27th to recognize those individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions, taken risks, and provided leadership to ensure the continuing economic success of Champaign County, the ongoing success of the University’s economic Read more »

Montague Earns Accredited Business Planning Advisor (ABPA) Designation

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The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Champaign County EDC is pleased to announce that Tim Montague, Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Specialist, has successfully attained the professional Accredited Business Planning Advisor designation (ABPA). Montague attended the Accredited – Certified Business Planning Advisor training in Orlando in late 2013, and passed the required comprehensive credential Read more »

Cravens Earns Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) Certification


The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Champaign County EDC is pleased to announce that Kathie Cravens, International Trade Specialist, recently passed the NASBITE International, Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) examination. The organization examined a record 243 candidates during the five days of testing conducted on December 10-15, 2013, with an average pass rate Read more »