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All the national accolades Champaign received this year (so far)

The City of Champaign announced this week that it received the 2018 President’s Circle Award by the community improvement organization Keep America Beautiful.

Keep Champaign Beautiful, which started out in 2015 as a component of the Champaign Growing Greener Environmental Sustainability Plan, previously received the President’s Circle Award in 2017 and 2016. The award recognizes Keep Champaign Beautiful for its commitment to clean, green and beautiful communities, and for its overall excellence as an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful.

You don’t care? Okay, but consider that over the past month or so, two national media outlets ranked Champaign pretty high in their annual reports.


In the 2019 State of the Silicon Prairie Report


In the 2019 Top 100 Best Places to Live report

Silicon Prairie, a website focused on the Midwest technology scene, put Champaign near the top of its second annual survey of the region’s startup ecosystems. From the report:

Champaign, Illinois, home of the University of Illinois, dramatically
overperforms expectations based on population – finishing in the Top
Five. For example, in 2017 the community had 21 venture fundings
for nearly $75 million dollars. There were also 37 SBIR/STTR grants in
the region. These elements suggest that early stage companies and
research are generating hundreds of jobs in Champaign (between 390-

And Livability, a website focused on the benefits of life in small-to-medium sized cities, had this to say about Champaign’s ranking in its list of the 100 best places to live in the country:

Champaign is, ahem, bubbling with opportunity! Home to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, this city consistently ranks highly on our list of best college towns and is full of opportunities for recent graduates and anyone looking for a great place to build their career.

The city’s Twitter account reacted to this with some nicely scripted nonchalance:

Sergio Barreto

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Sergio's American life began as an exchange student in Lincoln, IL. After more than 20 years living up North, writing for outlets such as The Chicago Reader, organizing & promoting cultural events and what-not, he had it with the big city and moved back to Central Illinois. He currently edits financial newsletters, in addition to designing and maintaining websites like this one.

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