Extension Professional Staff
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Expert in: creative entrepreneurs, building entrepreneurial communities, strategic planning for communities, downtown redevelopment, poverty alleviation
Pam Schallhorn is a Community and Economic Development Educator (CED) for the University of Illinois Extension (UIE) in Bond/Clinton/Jefferson/Marion/Washington counties. Pam's responsibilities include assessing, developing and teaching community and economic development programs while working closely with stakeholders, community leaders, economic development professionals and the general public. Pam also works closely with other CED educators and university faculty members to develop innovative curricula and programs to address local needs, as well as to mesh with broader state and national interdisciplinary initiatives.
Pam holds a master's degree in Political Studies from the University of Illinois Springfield and a bachelor's degree in Finance from Nothern Illinois Unversity, Dekalb. Pam is originally from Rockford, Illinois; however, she has held positions in Chicago, Sterling, LaSalle and Springfield, Illinois. She currently resides in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.
Pam was a commercial lender and Vice President of several mid-western regional banks from 1986 to 2004. She was the Director of the Small Business Development Center in Rockford, Illinois, from 2008 to 2011. In 2011, Pam started her own company called New Urban Futures and worked on community development projects on a contractual basis. Her work included the development of a course specifically designed for the creative entrepreneur, Creating the Creative Business. The course was developed to teach business skills to the right-brain learner, and participants included artists, chefs, writers, musicians, specialty food producers and boutique-retailers. She co-authors a blog on Building Entrepreneurial Communities at http://go.illinois.edu/buildingentrepreneurialcommunitites.
Pam has been a guest speaker on "creative entrepreneurship and its impact on community, placemaking and poverty" at the Congress for New Urbanism's 6th Annual Conference (Chicago, 2013); the University of Chicago's Urban Planning and Policy Students Assocation's urban symposium "Back to the City" (Chicago, 2014); the Community Development Society's 46th Annual International Conference (Lexington, KY, 2015) In the spring of 2016 Pam developed an Extension program called Developing the Creative Economy. The program helps community leaders and economic development professionals expand economic and entrepreneurial development by developing a culture that appreciates and supports the creative talents of residents, including those living in low-resource hourseholds. She has presented the program state-wide.
Pam enjoys working with diverse populations while researching, developing and evaluating programs to enhance and expand opportunities in both economic and community development throughout the region. Her areas of expertise include creative entrepreneurs, downtown redevelopment, community strategic planning, building entrepreneurial communities, and poverty alleviation. Pam is also excited about working closely with Extension staff and others to promote Extension programs currently available thorugh UIE.
Program offerings include Developing the Creative Economy, Five Strategies for Attracting & Retaining Youth in Rural Communities, Think Global-Eat Local, STARTUP Jefferson County, Community Planning for the Creative Based Economy, Managing a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign, The Confident Manager, Being a Catalyst for Change