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15 Communities in County Meet to Collaborate

Recently, another meeting for all the communities in the County was held at Roadrunner’s Restaurant in Emington, similar to the one held in February at Dominy Library in Fairbury. Once again, all fifteen incorporated communities were represented. Community leaders from Campus, Chatsworth, Cornell, Cullom, Dwight, Emington, Fairbury, Flanagan, Forrest, Long Point, Odell, Pontiac, Reddick, Saunemin, and Strawn were in attendance.

Sponsored by The Business Connection, the purpose of these meetings is to encourage communities to work together, promote each other, support each other’s events and businesses, and begin interacting on a regular basis. A Livingston County brochure of attractions and events has been developed and printed. These brochures are being distributed all over the county and beyond to encourage folks to visit the small towns and enjoy what they offer.

“Each of our small communities has its own uniqueness and special points of interest and history,” says Bobbi McKeon, coordinator of the Fairbury Specialty Shops and owner of Heart’s Desire. “These meetings are a great way to further our thinking. Showcasing what we have and what the rest of the County has in the way of events and attractions will not only raise awareness, but also create a sense of camaraderie.”

The goal is to present Livingston County as the place to enjoy small town living, tour the farm, catch the feeling that community and family are important, the nostalgia of Route 66, and experience the specialty shops in the small communities. It is amazing how much we have in our own backyards. One could spend days here and still not see everything.

“At Roadrunners in Emington, Shari Lannon, a representative from the US Department of Ag – Rural Development also made a presentation on programs offered through their area – including community projects, business grants and loans, housing programs, etc.” says Bobbi. “Many of the community leaders had an interest in the programs, and they were encouraged to contact Shari even if their ideas were still in the initial stages.”

“Programs like these help us unite and grow stronger. All of our small communities are struggling to be what we want to be. Collaborating, cooperating, and implementing ideas together will make a big difference in our future. Stay tuned for more developments at the County level!” concludes Bobbi.

If you are planning to travel, your help in spreading the County and Come to Fairbury brochures to other areas would be much appreciated. Feel free to contact Bobbi at (815) 692-4500 if you want to help distribute these brochures.

As always, if you have any stories, ideas or suggestions for interesting topics about our community, please stop by Heart’s Desire, call Bobbi McKeon at (815) 692-4500 or email fairbury@fairburyILattractions.com.