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University of Illinois Extension serving Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Stark Counties

Rock Island County
321 W 2nd Avenue
Milan, IL 61264
Phone: 309-756-9978
FAX: 309-756-9987
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8am - 4:30pm (closed from 12pm - 1pm)

Henry-Stark County
358 Front Street
Galva, IL 61434
Phone: 309-932-3447
FAX: 309-932-3454
Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8am - 4:30pm (closed from 12pm - 1pm)

Mercer County
2106 SE Third Street
Aledo, IL 61231
Phone: 309-582-5106
FAX: 309-582-7338
Hours: Tuesday and Thursday from 8am - 4:30 pm, (closed from 12pm - 1pm)

Upcoming Events

6 County Fast Pitch Coming to Henry, Mercer, Stark, Henderson, Warren and Knox Counties

October 31 - March 14, 2018
(10:00 AM - 12:00 PM )

A team of local economic development leaders are planning a 6 County Fast Pitch Competition in March 2018 to provide entrepreneurs with the resources they need to turn their ideas into new businesses or products that will be based in Henry, Henderson, Knox, Mercer, Stark, or Warren Counties.

Similar to what’s seen on “Shark Tank”  the 6 County Fast Pitch Competition consists of presentation made to judges during individual, confidential sessions for a chance to win over $125,000 in prizes that include cash, advertising, and professional small business consultation that will help them turn their idea into reality. Eligible participants will get to “pitch” a business idea that could be developed in one of the participating counties to judges with business, investment, development, and marketing backgrounds. “We’ve had success doing this is the past, helping 11 new businesses start, existing businesses grow, and new products get started.” said Russell Medley, Community and Economic Development Educator who helped organize the Henry and Stark Fast Pitch Competitions in 2013, 2014 and 2015. 

Sign up online at University of Illinois Extension’s website: or call UI Extension Community and Economic Development Educators Carrie McKillip serving Henderson, Knox and Warren Counties at (309) 342-5108 or Russell Medley serving Henry, Mercer, and Stark Counties at (309) 756-9978.


  • The 2018 contest will take place on March 14, 2018.
  • Applications to enter the competition are due by January 31, 2018.
  • Practice Sessions for those selected will take place on February 12, with professionals helping candidates hone their presentation skills.

More information can also be found at

Organizations that are helping plan the 6 County Fast Pitch event are: Carl Sandburg College, City of Aledo, City of Galva, First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust, Galesburg Chamber of Commerce, Kewanee Economic Development Corp, Knox County Area Partnership for Economic Development, Mercer County: Better Together, Stark County Economic Development, University of Illinois Extension, Western Illinois University Small Business Development Center, and Workforce Investment Board of Western Illinois.  University of Illinois Extension officer equal opportunities in programs and employment.

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