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New University-Community Partnership Connects Research and Environment

Paper 2 Tree is a new outreach program that aims to create a stronger connection between researchers at Illinois and the Champaign-Urbana community and environment. The program officially kicks off Thursday, November 16. Deborah Frank Feinen, Mayor of Champaign, along with city and park district representatives, will be on hand, and the event will impact nearly 100 area school children across both cities.Paper to Tree Logo

Started by Mattia Gazzola, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering (MechSE) at the University of Illinois, Paper 2 Tree encourages anyone who publishes a scientific paper to donate a tree to be planted—a tree that will grow along with the scientific reach of the research. Trees will be associated to the publication reference, geo-localized, and visualized on a map—all data to be made publicly available, along with tree species, scientific area, and associated university department.

Roadway Improvements Now Complete Along North Lincoln Avenue

City officials welcome economic development along the enhanced Lincoln Avenue Corridor Ribbon Cutting Collage

The City of Urbana recently opened North Lincoln Avenue to motorists after a nearly nine-month construction project. The newly completed road increases accessibility to bicyclists thanks to the inclusion of wide smoothly paved shoulders, provides connectivity between the I-74 and I-57 corridors, and serves businesses and residents in the area through linkage to Olympian Drive via a new overpass over the Illinois Central railroad.

The 2018 Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Countywide Celebration Announced

Date: 
January 12, 2018 - 4:00pm

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The 2018 Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Countywide Celebration will be held on Friday, January 12, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. This annual event is being held at the Vineyard Church, 1500 N. Lincoln Avenue, in Urbana. As always, this event is free and open to the public and will feature a presentation of awards and a keynote speaker.

Awards at the Celebration will honor Champaign County individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions, consistent with the philosophy and mission of Dr. King in community service, humanitarian work and the promotion of equal rights. Nominations are open until 5:00 p.m. on November 17, 2017.

To nominate an individual or organization for the 2018 celebration, please visit to the Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Countywide Celebration webpage at: www.mlkcelebration.org/nominate

City Seeks Volunteers for Boards and Commissions

Volunteer ImageThe City of Urbana is looking for volunteers interested in serving on various boards and commissions.

Currently, there are vacancies on the following boards and commissions:

For further information or for an application, please call the Mayor's Office at 217/384-2456 or click here.

City Employees Recognized for Years of Service

Over 50 individuals were recognized in late-October for their years of service as as employees of the City of Urbana. Employees honored include the following:

5 years of service

  • Cortez Gardner, Police Department
  • Cale Beccue, Public Works Department
  • Chris Buhr, Public Works Department
  • Bruce Cubberly, Public Works Department
  • Chris Gatsche, Public Works Department
  • Vincent Powell, Public Works Department
  • Troy Richmond, Public Works Department
  • Scott Tess, Public Works Department
  • Brian Hoff, Fire Department
  • Jacob Hutchcraft, Fire Department
  • Jeremy Leevey, Fire Department
  • Andrew Stewart, Fire Department
  • Natalie Kenny Marquez, Executive Department
  • James Simon, Executive Department
  • Brandon Boys, Community Development Department
  • Wendy Hundley, City Clerk's Office

10 years of service