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Resume McHenry County Update!

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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!


McHenry County Fair kicks off today!

It’s here! The McHenry County Fair kicked off at noon today with the raising of the flag at the grandstands, and will be going strong through Sunday in its 74th year!
The McHenry County Fair is a six-day fun-filled tribute to the county’s rich agricultural heritage, featuring 4-H displays, carnival rides, grandstand shows including a rodeo and demolition derby, and so much more! Click on the video above to check out what’s in store.
This year’s main musical attraction is country music superstar duo Big & Rich, with special guest Sara Evans.
Visit the fair’s website to learn more, and to buy tickets for events and shows.

Julie Courtney retires from Workforce Network

After 35 years with the McHenry County Workforce Network – 16 of them as director – Julie Courtney has called it a career.
Courtney, who started with the Workforce Network as a job developer and worked her way up, said she is proud to have been a part of the federally funded workforce programs that have made a huge difference in so many lives.
“It’s been great to see the impact that the Workforce Network has on people’s lives,” Courtney said. “It’s a wonderful program that helps job seekers, helps employers connect with them, and helps keep that talent here in McHenry County.”
Julie also has contributed many ideas to the Resume McHenry County newsletter to ensure that job seekers and job creators know about the services the Workforce Network provides.
In the photo, Julie was recognized for her hard work with a certificate presented by (from left) Workforce Network Board Vice Chairman Gary Reece and Deputy County Administrator Scott Hartman. Thank you, Julie, and enjoy your retirement!


County, municipalities discuss pooling resources for augmented GIS

County government and local municipalities met last week to hear a proposal to improve geographic information system mapping.
Such systems, called GIS for short, allow governments and businesses to create, manage and analyze data, and integrate it into maps. You can check out what McHenry County government’s GIS department does by clicking here.
The presentation was from Cyclomedia, a company that specializes in augmenting GIS mapping with hyper-accurate 360-degree street-level visualizations.
McHenry County governments, from joint purchasing initiatives to groundbreaking projects like the police social work program, are constantly striving to save taxpayer money by working together to pool resources. Thank you to County Coordinator Chalen Daigle and the McHenry County Council of Governments for making this meeting happen.


Revolutionary War daughter to get grave plaque

Calling all history buffs! The Daughters of the American Revolution will be plaquing the Marengo grave of a woman whose father fought in the war.
Phebe Ashley, who was born in 1792, was the daughter of William Ashley, who fought in the Vermont Militia – the “Green Mountain Boys.” She came to Marengo after the death of her second husband to be closer to her daughter before dying in 1860, just shy of her 68th birthday.
The Kishwaukee Trail Chapter of the DAR will be holding a grave-marking ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, at the Old Marengo Cemetery, in the 100 block of North East Street, which is south of Route 176.
For more information, check out the Kishwaukee Trail chapter’s Facebook page, or email them at KishwaukeeTrailDAR@gmail.com.


IDOT seeking input on rural Route 14 intersection

The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking public comment to improve safety at the intersection of US Route 14 and Hartland/Hughes roads between Woodstock and Harvard.
IDOT has identified the intersection as having a number of pressing safety needs to reduce the number of vehicle crashes reported.
Visit www.us14hartlandhughes.com/ to learn more, and to watch a brief video presentation. The deadline to provide feedback is Aug. 7, and can be done on the website, or by email at US14HartlandHughes@gmail.com.


Blues, Brews & BBQ rocks McHenry this month

Four words: live music, beer and barbecue. Full stop.
Blues, Brews & BBQ, the McHenry Area Rotary‘s premier fundraising event, returns to Petersen Park in McHenry the weekend of Aug. 19-21.
The event promises great music, and great food and drink, for great causes – Rotary donates 100% of the proceeds to a variety of local, national and international charitable organizations.
Visit www.mrbbb.com for ticket information and for a complete list of bands, drinks and food vendors, and be sure to follow the event on Facebook.


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