Applications for Advance McHenry County Grants ends June 30… Apply now!
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Resume McHenry County Update!
Through our collaboration with McHenry County, we will continue to share important information on services, programs to help our citizens, and events in our county through Resume McHenry County Updates.
Please take a moment to scroll down to see new advancements this week as we move forward in McHenry County. If MCEDC can be of any help, please call. Forward this email to your friends and family to help get the word out!
Keep on truckin’ through the Workforce Network
A federal grant program administered through the McHenry County Workforce Network can pay for you to get retrained to meet high-demand jobs.
Just ask Zach, the happy fellow in the picture who just got his commercial driver’s license through the program – and landed a job, too!
The Workforce Network partners with Eagle Training Services, in Crystal Lake, to meet the never-ending demand for truck drivers. The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act can pay the cost of training for eligible applicants.
There are 3,400 job openings for truck drivers in Illinois alone, and more than 231,000 annual openings nationwide. That demand translates into an average starting salary of $70,000 a year. Click here to learn more and apply for WIOA grant funding through the workforce network.
Nominees sought for Senior Hall of Fame
The Illinois Department on Aging is accepting nominations for the Illinois Senior Hall of Fame, which is open to adults age 65 and older who excel in the categories of community service, education, performance/graphic arts, and the labor force.
You can learn more and submit nominations before the June 1 deadline by clicking here.
The Senior Hall of Fame was established by the General Assembly in 1994 to honor older adults’ accomplishments and contributions. Each year, four Illinoisans aged 65 or older are inducted into the Hall of Fame for their community work.
Summer Music Sundays returns to the McHenry Riverwalk
Summer Music Sundays return this weekend to the McHenry Riverwalk!
The McHenry Riverwalk Foundation is promising that this season’s schedule is going to be better than ever – and with a schedule stretching to Sept. 25, they’re not exaggerating.
The event takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. every Sunday, so grab some lunch and some drinks, bring the lawn chair, and enjoy live music in a picnic setting in the scenic Fox River/Boone Creek walkway that is fueling a downtown renaissance in McHenry.
You can find the schedule for Summer Music Sundays and learn more about the Riverwalk by clicking here.
Advance McHenry County application deadline is June 30
A lot of great things have come out of the innovative Advance McHenry County grant program – but alas, all good things must come to an end.
The McHenry County Board has set a deadline of Thursday, June 30, for eligible groups to submit requests for grant funding. The application portal, which includes helpful information and videos, can be found at mchenrycountyil.gov/advance.
To date, Advance McHenry County has awarded 14 grants totaling more than $10.3 million of the nearly $29.9 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding the County Board intends to invest directly into infrastructure capital projects, workforce development and jobs programs, nonprofit agencies, special districts and local governments.
County liquor ordinance modernized for craft establishments
The McHenry County Board has updated its liquor ordinance to better accommodate the ongoing renaissance of brewpubs, wineries and distilleries taking root.
Board members last week approved an update that explicitly defines craft alcohol establishments and creates language for bring-your-own-bottle establishments and events. It also reduces the annual cost of a patio liquor license for outdoor serving from $500 to $100.
The updated ordinance also includes accommodations for agritourism businesses, including a new class of liquor license for seasonal events. You can review the changes by clicking here.
McHenry County is in the midst of a craft alcohol revolution, with an impressive and growing list of brewpubs, wineries and distilleries producing quality and award-winning fare. If you’re looking to give them a try, our friends at Naturally McHenry County have complied a great list that you can check out by clicking here.
Milk Days returns to Harvard
Harvard Milk Days is back!
The 81st annual festival – with the very appropriate slogan “Let’s Get Back to Fun – Milk Days 81” – kicks off this Saturday with the annual Golf Outing and Lunch, followed by the iconic bed race on June 1, and the youth parade on June 2.
And between Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 5, the Milk Days Grounds at 300 Lawrence Road come alive with a weekend of fun for the whole family.
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McHenry County is rich in resources for both business and residents. Close to world-class metropolitan areas, transportation, education, entertainment, and recreational activities, there is something for everyone.
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