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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!
80 year old Crystal Lake Chamber going strong
The Crystal Lake Area Chamber of Commerce has been going strong for more than 80 years, and shows no sign of slowing down.
Its business mixers on the first and third Tuesdays every month are packed – and booked solid through the end of the year. It averages four or five ribbon cuttings a month – Chamber President and CEO William Eich had two scheduled the day after Resume McHenry County reached out to him.
The chamber boasts 800 members, and is catching up to its pre-pandemic number of 870.
“We’ve been working together – getting out information and making connections,” Eich said. “Things are ramping up considerably.”
The chamber just held its annual Community Clean Up Day, and is looking forward to organizing Crystal Lake’s annual Independence Day Parade. Last year’s parade, after the 2020 event was canceled on account of COVID-19, attracted a record 15,000 attendees.
Environmental Defenders, County launch ‘Talk and Tour’ workshops
The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County has teamed up with the McHenry County Department of Planning and Development to present a monthly series of Talk and Tour workshops showcasing unique and innovative best management practices.
The series, which lasts through November, gives the public an up-close look at ways that communities, businesses and households can sustainably manage resources and save money doing so.
Click on the video above to watch a brief summary of the first presentation, which showcased how Huntley Community School District 158 has incorporated solar power and other sustainable practices. You can view the complete Talk and Tour schedule and RSVP for the upcoming May presentation by clicking here.
If you want to see the complete D-158 presentation, click here.
McHenry County ranks third in overall health in Illinois
McHenry County ranks as the third-healthiest county in Illinois, according to the newest rankings published by the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The university’s Population Health Institute placed McHenry County third in overall health outcomes, and length and quality of life, and eighth in overall health factors, alcohol and drug use, diet and exercise, and tobacco use.
This is the first year that McHenry County ranked in the top three. Click here to learn more, and click here to learn more about UW-Madison’s county health rankings.
Raue Center receivers $280,000 Advance McHenry County grant
The visual and performing arts, which were hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic along with the rest of the entertainment and venue industry, will get a $280,000 boost through the Advance McHenry County program.
The grant, approved at April’s meeting of the County Board, will allow the Raue Center for the Arts, in Crystal Lake, to renovate classroom space for its School for the Arts, build an outdoor stage for its summer theater program, and cover various programming expenses.
A dozen Advance McHenry County grants have been approved since January, putting $9 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding to work helping our communities. Click here to learn more about the Raue grant, as well as the Advance program.
County government wins ninth straight financial award
For the ninth straight year, McHenry County has received a prestigious national financial reporting award.
The Government Finance Officers Association of the US and Canada has awarded county government a Certificate of Achievement for its annual comprehensive financial report for the 2020 fiscal year.
Last year, McHenry County was one of only 292 governments nationwide to receive the GFOA’s inaugural Triple Crown medallion for winning all three annual awards granted by the association in a single year.
Click here to learn more about the award, and click here to view the county budget for the current 2022 fiscal year.
The celebration takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in and along Huntley Town Square. Ladies and their guests can enjoy food, pampering, and special deals from local businesses.
Visitors can get a game card and a map of participating businesses at the Legion Hall, 11712 Coral Street; at the end, they can turn in their game card stamped with their visited businesses for a prize drawing!
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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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