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Appreciation and recognition can be the lifeblood of a company, especially during a global pandemic. They are both powerful motivators that lead to more productivity, morale, retention and satisfaction. The same can be said for community-wide appreciation and recognition. You’ll read below about our recent community achievements that occurred in the past month.

While many positive headlines feel buried these days, we want to draw extra attention to these recognitions that keep Decatur motivated while building up momentum for our next big thing.

Sincerely,

Take a quick glance at Decatur's economy with our monthly inDECATURS. The green arrows indicate good news for our local economy, while the red arrows indicate that improvement is needed.*
UNEMPLOYMENT
RATE

Current: 10.1% - September 2020
Previous: 4.9% - September 2019
Up: 106%
AVERAGE HOURLY WAGE
FOR PRIVATE EMPLOYEES
Current: $28.66 - September 2020
Previous: $29.24 - September 2019
Down: 2%
TOTAL EMPLOYMENT
(MANUFACTURING ONLY)

Current: 10,400  - September 2020
Previous: 10,900 - September 2019
Down: 4.6%
TOTAL EMPLOYMENT
(NON-FARM)

Current: 46,800 - September 2020
Previous: 50,500 - September 2019
Down: 7.3%
*All monthly inDECATURS are compiled from the most recently available data for Macon County. The "Up" and "Down" percentages are calculated as change over time which is the (current value) - (previous value) / (previous value). Questions? Contact Andrew at (217) 422-9520 or by email at ataylor@decaturedc.com. Sources include: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Local Area Unemployment Statistics and Current Employment Statistics data.
Manufacturing Week Wraps Up in Macon County
From October 19th through October 23rd, the EDC hosted Manufacturing Week in Macon County - a celebration of local manufacturers and their employees. The celebration helped show the reality of modern manufacturing careers by encouraging companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors for folks to see the importance of manufacturing firsthand.

Decatur and Macon County did just this through several platforms including social media campaigns and live interviews and were able to reach over 63,000 people! We met staff members, learned about companies, and saw what it was like working day-to-day in a manufacturing job. If you missed the live video series, check them out here

A huge thank you to all our local manufacturers who helped spread the news, provided us with marketing materials and collateral to share, invited us inside their company, and helped illustrate how vital manufacturing is to our local economy. 
International Trade Center Honored as Presidential "E" Award Recipient for Export Achievements
A huge congratulations to our regional partners at the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation and the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC for being selected as a recipient of the 2020 President’s “E” Awards for Export Service, the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S exports. Read more about the honor here.

Did you know: The Champaign County and Decatur-Macon County EDCs partner to bring the International Trade Center (ITC) and Small Business Development Center (SBDC) services to businesses and current and aspiring business owners in Macon County? Click here for more. 
Decatur's Outstanding Achievement Award for Overall Impression is one of three awards earned during the 2020 America in Bloom National Awards Program. Photo Credit: Kimberly Mangan
Decatur Nationally Recognized for Second Time in America in Bloom Contest
Decatur was once again nationally recognized by the America in Bloom (AIB) National Awards Program in 2020 during a virtual conference and celebration in early October.

The goal of the AIB program is to empower communities to beautify and improve the overall quality of life while showcasing the communities that are striving to improve. Decatur was the recipient of three awards including: Catching Community Spirit - Best Use of Social Media or Technology; Outstanding Achievement Award for Overall Impression; and Teaming with Bees: Edible Community Landscape. Additionally, Decatur's MRI brought home a $25,000 grant from AIB and the CN Railway. 

Read more here
Decatur Park District Receives National Gold Medal Award
A round of applause for our friends at the Decatur Park District for receiving the National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the American Academy of Parks and Recreation Administration (AAPRA). 

To read more and watch the video award submission, click here
Apply for the Business Interruption Grant (BIG) Program Now
Applications for the second round of BIG funding are live now. This second round of BIG builds on over $49 million in grants awarded last month – with initial grants allocated to approximately 2,800 businesses in 400 communities in every corner of the state. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted.

The EDC strongly encourages every Macon County business that meets the eligibility requirements to apply regardless of if you are a “priority” business, in a Disproportionately Impacted Area (DIA), etc. DCEO has dedicated funding for downstate Illinois businesses.
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CareersDecatur.com: Your Source for Jobs in Macon County
Looking for some seasonal help or have permanent positions available at your business? Head over to CareersDecatur.com to list these vacant jobs for free. The site is a comprehensive resource for folks to view and research jobs in Decatur and Macon County and is powered by Limitless Decatur. In the last 30 days, over 1,000 jobs have been posted. Simply complete the form and we'll get your listing(s) added so that folks can start viewing and applying.
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