About This Site

This resource is a tool for rural community leaders in western Illinois and across the state. It is a place for us to share what we have learned about creating entrepreneurial communities and to celebrate what the pilot communities in western Illinois have accomplished to date. In particular, we want to help you better understand:

In each section, we'll highlight what we learned from resources across the country and then share examples of how communities in western Illinois used this information to move forward. We plan to add new content to this site over time, so we invite you to return often. We also want to hear what you are doing to build more supportive environments for the entrepreneurs in your communities. Please share your stories and events with us by e-mailing us at brownlk@illinois.edu.