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University of Illinois Extension serving Fulton, Mason, Peoria and Tazewell Counties

Tazewell County
1505 Valle Vista Blvd
Pekin, IL 61554-6245
Phone: 309-347-6614
FAX: 309-347-5472
Email: uie-fmpt@illinois.edu
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed Noon - 1 pm)

Fulton County
15411 N IL 100 Highway
Lewistown, IL 61542-9468
Phone: 309-547-3711
FAX: 309-547-3713
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed Noon - 1 pm)

Mason County
127 S High St, Ste 1
Havana, IL 62644-1496
Phone: 309-543-3308
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed Noon - 1 pm)

Peoria County
4810 North Sheridan Rd
Peoria, IL 61614-5928
Phone: 309-685-3140
FAX: 309-685-3397
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed Noon - 1 pm)

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  • Assessing Downtown Canton PDF
    This report represents a collaborative effort between Illinois Main Street, Canton Main Street, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and University of Illinois Extension. The assessment was conducted to provide technical assistance for revitalization efforts in Canton, Illinois. The aim of this analysis is to guide downtown economic development initiatives.

  • Canton Downtown Case Study PDF
    North Central Regional Center for Rural Development case studies,explore factors related to a community's success in creating a resilient and vibrant downtown.

  • Derby Street Corridor Plan & Revitalization Study PDF
    In 2018, University of Illinois Extension collaborated with Hanson Engineering, City of Pekin, and UIUC Department of Urban and Regional Planning in conducting a planning study

  • Downtown Success Indicators in Small Cities PDF
    Throughout the Midwest, there are examples of thriving central business districts. University of Illinois Extension in partnership with the University of Illinois Department of Urban and Regional Planning conducted a literature review to identify common strategies and attributes of successful downtowns in small cities

  • Fulton County Health Careers Opportunities Teacher Application PDF
    We are accepting up to 2 area teachers for participation in this series of planned experiences which will provide youth broader exposure to health careers at the local and regional level.

  • Fulton County Health Careers Opportunities Youth Application PDF
    High school students in Fulton County are invited to apply for the 2019 Fulton County Health Careers Opportunities. Application deadline is April 26.

  • Grocery Store Access Study Online Survey
    The purpose of this anonymous survey is to determine the impact of recent grocery store closures, where area residents buy their groceries, and how they feel about the available food products at the stores where they shop. This survey will take 10-15 minutes to complete. This survey is part of the 2018 Grocery Store Access Study being led by members of the Regional Fresh Food Council including community members and representatives from University of Illinois Extension, the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council, Peoria County, the City of Peoria, and Senator Dave Koehler.

  • Healthy Neighborhood Revitalization PDF
    Healthy Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy provides a focus on improving mental and physical health for the Near North East Bluff Neighborhood in the city of Peoria. The study looked at effects that neighborhood quality,housing quality, housing affordability, social capital and green space have on mental and physical health.

  • Peoria Food Hub: Case Study Report & Design Proposal PDF
    The goal of this planning study is to comprehend, summarize, and catalyze the City of Peoria’s growing interest in improving their local food system, specifically within the South Side neighborhood,through economic strategies targeted at supporting a healthy community.

  • Resilient Downtown - Canton PDF
    Canton recently participated in a North Central Regional Center for Rural Development study exploring factors related to a community's success in creating a resilient and vibrant downtown. The Resilient Downtowns Case Study Series was designed to highlight best practices regarding small-town downtown development through the creation of community case studies. The project’s multi-state team consisted of Extension Educators and Specialists from University of Illinois, University of Minnesota, and University of Wisconsin.

  • Village of Dunlap RST 341 Community Recreation Planning PDF

  • Village of Hanna City RST 341 Community Recreation Planning PDF
    U of I students from Professor Lara Browning’s recreation planning studio, along with University of Illinois Extension have been working alongside community leaders from Dunlap and Hanna City to develop an outdoor recreation plan for each of the communities. The plans will assist in creating a strategic vision for recreational services. Just as water, sewer, and public safety are considered essential public services, parks are vitally important to establishing and maintaining the quality of life in a community. Studies show that well-planned parks and recreation systems can serve as a catalyst for economic development. Access to parks and recreation facilities and active transportation infrastructure can increase property values, foster job creation, and provide a foundation for place-based economic development.

  • Village of Hanna City RST 341 Community Recreation Planning PDF

  • Washington Historic Preservation Ordinance PDF
    Adopted at the April 4th Washington City Council meeting, this document identifies all historic properties and includes the text of the Design Guidelines.

  • Washington Square Commercial Historic District Design Review Guidelines PDF
    These guidelines were prepared in conjunction with the historic district nomination to guide future exterior changes to the buildings that constitute the local historic district. The guidelines build off of previous characteristics that the City mentioned as important in their prior preservation ordinance, explains those in more detail, and adds more detailed elements that will guide property owners and the Historic Preservation Commission in decisions for future changes within the square.

  • Washington Square Commercial Local Historic District Resource Book PDF
    The purpose of this final document is to assist property owners within the historic district to make decisions regarding changes to their structure, and have a document to consult to find experts in the preservation field. In addition to lists of contractors, consultants, and other experts, it includes a variety of the Preservation Briefs published by the National Park Service that explain important elements of historic buildings and give advice on how to maintain these elements, with or without an expert.

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