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McHenry County is ranked top 10% of the healthiest counties. And more updates!

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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!


Naturally McHenry County unveils new website

Naturally McHenry County unveiled its new and improved website last week – we didn’t think they could make their already great site any better, but they did!
With a swipe or a scroll, it instantly tells visitors what McHenry County is – a world-class tourism destination boasting rural beauty and boundless shopping, dining and entertainment.
The new website is bold, beautifully illustrated, and very easy to use to find everything you want or need with a click or a tap.
Head on over to right now and check it out! And as long as you’re doing that, why not also download its awesome (and also recently redesigned) smart phone app? You can get it from Google Play here, and the Apple App store here.


McHenry County wants your input on its 2050 Comprehensive Plan

McHenry County is seeking your input to make sure its 2050 Comprehensive Plan is the best it can be.
It has created a new web page for people to learn more about the plan. It includes a survey for people to take, as well as an interactive map tool that allows users to create their own map to highlight issues in McHenry County that they feel would impact the plan.
The Comprehensive Plan is a blueprint for the future that will help the County Board set policies to direct growth and development for the next 20 years.
Click here to check out the website, take the survey and explore the interactive map.


County again ranks high in Healthiest Communities Survey

After reading the lead story in this week’s edition about how great a destination McHenry County is, it should then come as no surprise that we again ranked in the top 10 percent in the annual Healthiest Communities survey by U.S. News and World Report!
McHenry County ranked 216th out of more than 3,000 counties and county equivalents nationwide, which puts us at 7.2 percent. This marks a slight uptick over last year, when we ranked 233rd.
The rankings are calculated by 89 individual metrics spread across 10 categories: population, equity, education, economy, housing, food and nutrition, environment, public safety, community vitality and infrastructure.
You can learn more about the rankings by clicking here, and about the methodology used by clicking here.


Rebate opens up for new EV car owners

People who buy a new or used electric vehicle in Illinois after July 1 are eligible for a $4,000 rebate from the state.
The Illinois Electric Vehicle Rebate Program is now accepting applications, and you can learn more and apply by clicking here.
Applications for the first round of funding must be received on or before Sept. 30. To be eligible for a rebate, the vehicle must be exclusively powered and refueled by electricity, plugged in to charge, and licensed to drive on public roadways.
As electric vehicles become more and more common on McHenry County roads, the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County has partnered with county and municipal governments to install charging stations. We thank them for their work, which helps advance the goal in the McHenry County Strategic Plan to improve the county’s EV infrastructure!


Gavers Barndance returns July 16 to raise money for cancer research

The best seven hours of summer – and an opportunity to raise money for cancer research – is returning to Woodstock this Saturday.
The Barndance Under the Stars is a night of food, drink and music that since its creation by the Gavers Community Cancer Foundation has raised more than $8.3 million in its 22-year history. It takes place from 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday, July 16, at Emricson Park, in Woodstock.
All proceeds go directly to the foundation’s mission of research, awareness and care – the foundation has no paid staff.
You can purchase tickets by clicking here. The Gavers Foundation is always looking for volunteers and sponsors, and you can learn more about both by clicking here.


It’s time for McHenry Fiesta Days

At 74 years, McHenry Fiesta Days is one of the county’s longest-running festivals. And at two long weekends of live music, food, games and family fun, it’s certainly the longest.
It kicked off last Thursday and went strong through the weekend with live music and a carnival. The fun returns this Thursday with a free McHenry City Band concert at Veteran’s Memorial Park, followed by a second weekend of children’s events and the annual Fiesta Days Parade on Sunday.
You can learn more and check out the schedule on their website at, and by following them on Facebook and Instagram.


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What is Resume McHenry County?

Resume McHenry County is a collaborative initiative being implemented by McHenry County and the McHenry County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) in partnership with the McHenry County community, including cities and villages, businesses and residents. The goal is to ensure a successful reopening of our economy so that we can return to our lifestyles safely and responsibly.