Kate Ferrer spent ten months researching downtown economic development best practices. The research was part of her Community Matters program participation and part of her capstone project in the graduate program of Planning and Urban Development at the University of Illinois. The following presentation was given in March 2012.
This document outlines the results of a business survey of downtown businesses done in late 2011. The survey was designed and tabulated by Kate Ferrer as part of her capstone Community Matters project when she was a graduate student at the University of Illinois.
This report outlines the research done by Kate Ferrer in 2011 as part of her Community Matters capstone project when she was a graduate student at the University of Illinois. The project, done in partnership with University of Illinois Extension, was to research our downtown economic development practices as well as research other similar communities in the region, to see what they got right and what mistakes they made.
She researched three Illinois cities (Monmouth, Galesburg, and Jacksonville) and Ripon, Wisconsin, and Mount Vernon, Iowa. The communities were chosen for demographic similarities, industry composition, and the proximity to a small liberal arts college.
The City of Monmouth's comprehensive plan, entitled "Monmouth More Than Ever" was prepared for the City by the Western Illinois Regional Council and adopted by unanimous Council vote on April 2, 2007.