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RPC Analyzes Survey Data Showing Champaign County with the Second-Largest Population Growth Among the 102 Counties in Illinois

From Champaign County RPC: Champaign County was one of only nine counties among the 102 counties in the state of Illinois to see an increase in population between 2010 and 2019, according to estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. The population data comes from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015-2019 American Community Survey (ACS) five-year estimates, which Read more »

gBETA AgTech Companies Graduate at Virtual Pitch Night

CHAMPAIGN, IL– Nationally ranked startup accelerator gener8tor is nearing the end of its gBETA AgTech Spring 2021 program and preparing for its Virtual Pitch Night (“Demo Day”) at 4 p.m. CT on March 11. This event will be part of CU AgTech Week and the whole AgTech community is invited to attend the free virtual Read more »

IMA’s Makers Madness – Vote for Champaign County Products

Voting is now open for this year’s Makers Madness: The Coolest Thing Made In Illinois, presented by Comcast Business. The competition by Illinois Manufacturers’ Association is designed to highlight the many different products made in Illinois, including everything from food products and military flashlights to automobiles and components for the aerospace industry. This round of Read more »

Study: Champaign-Urbana’s Economic Development Efforts Should Target Three Clusters – AgTech, MedTech and Manufacturing

Study: Champaign-Urbana’s Economic Development Efforts Should Target Three Clusters – AgTech, MedTech and Manufacturing Report Provides Suggestions for Next Steps to Maximize Impact of Future Investment & Community Collaboration CHAMPAIGN, IL, February 10, 2021 – A recent study commissioned by the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation, University of Illinois Research Park, LLC and University of Read more »

New Video Highlights ECCA’s Construction Trades Program

The Early College and Career Academy (ECCA) is a program for high school juniors and seniors to earn credits that count toward a high school diploma and college, all while gaining skills in different Parkland College degree programs. The new Construction Trades Program – starting Fall 2021 – is for students interested in careers related Read more »