This section has the City's Comprehensive Plan as well as community research information. Please look in the Downtown Revitalization section of the Business tab to see our strategic plans for downtown.
As part of her Community Matters capstone project when she was a graduate student at the University of Illinois, Kate Ferrer spent ten months researching downtown economic development best practices in 2011. 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.
In late 2011, she designed and tabulated a business survey of our downtown businesses.
The research presentation was given in March 2012.
Monmouth More Than Ever, the City of Monmouth's Comprehensive Plan, was prepared for the City by the Western Illinois Regional Council and adopted by unanimous Council vote on April 2, 2007.