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ABOUT US

The Champaign Center Partnership is a membership-based business organization providing marketing and promotion opportunities for our members as well as opportunities for collaboration, education, and networking. We now offer a residential membership component, where residents can become members to receive priority access to events, exclusive deals from member businesses, and information about our districts. See our members here. Our organization includes the districts of Downtown, Campustown, and the central commercial area along University Avenue and First Street known as Midtown. These districts are collectively known as Champaign Center.

OUR MISSION

The mission of the Champaign Center Partnership is to foster a vibrant, inviting, and active core Downtown, Midtown, and Campustown by strengthening business and building community.

Our vision is to create healthy and vibrant micro-urban areas for our residents and visitors through marketing, advocacy, and special events.

We encourage and educate the public to shop locally throughout the year. When you spend $100 at a locally-owned business, $68 stays in your community.

Membership

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OUR HISTORY

We are a 501(c)6 organization founded in 2010 through a merger of the Champaign Downtown Association and the Campustown Business Group. The partnership between the two historic commercial centers of the community opened a new chapter in joint marketing and cooperation between the areas.

How to Join

Our Memberships

To learn more about membership benefits and how to become a member, click here. To see what our members are saying about us, click here. Read the highlights report from our FY2019 Annual Meeting Celebration here.

MEET OUR STAFF

Campus Award for Excellence in Public Engagement reception. April 26 at iHotel.

XANDER HAZEL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
director@champaigncenter.com
217-352-2400

Alexander “Xander” Hazel joined the Champaign Center Partnership in March 2020 as Executive Director. Originally from rural Indiana, he completed his bachelor’s degree at Earlham College in Richmond, IN, and earned a master’s degree in entomology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Xander has several years of professional experience in the nonprofit sector where he has held positions as the events & engagement coordinator and eventually acting executive director at the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum in Champaign, IL, secretary of the board for the Champaign Center Partnership, co-chair for the Champaign-Urbana chapter of the Emerging Museum Professionals, and stewards council co-chair for the Graduate Employees’ Organization AFT/IFT 6300. He is excited to bring a fresh and innovative perspective to propel the CCP forward.

Xander has called Champaign home since 2014 with his too-many-to-count houseplants and exotic pets. He enjoys the night life and entertainment that the city has to offer. For instance, you may encounter him in a beer garden downtown or collecting insects in the natural areas throughout east central Illinois.

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EMMA HENSS, MARKETING & EVENTS COORDINATOR 
coordinator@champaigncenter.com
217-352-2400

Emma Henss joined the Champaign Center Partnership in June, 2020, as the Marketing and Event Coordinator. While she’s new to the nonprofit world, she has years of work experience that have prepared her perfectly to plan events and marketing campaigns for Downtown, Campustown, and Midtown businesses. Emma completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL, where she studied graphic design and fine arts.

Growing up in Champaign, Emma is considered a “townie” and is well connected with the community. She is thrilled to be working with the businesses she has frequented over the years and excited to get to know new business owners. 

Emma lives in town with her large-breed, yellow Labrador Retriever, Captain, who loves to play in the water and lie in the sun. She enjoys hiking and exploring the National Parks as well as spending time with her family and friends. In her down time, Emma continues to develop as an artist, further exploring the mediums of paint and print.

MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Erik Riha - President
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Kelly White- VICE CHAIR
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Tammy Brewer - SECRETARY
Nathan Lilly
Nathan Lilly - TREASURER
Adrian Astorina
Adrian Astorina
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Lauren Gramly
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ERIC CAIN
Mitch Marlow
MITCH MARLOW
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MARK DIRKSEN
Trevor Taylor
TREVOR TAYLOR
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VANNA PIANFETTI

Contact

Champaign Center Partnership
301 N. Neil St. Suite 400
Champaign, IL 61820
217-352-2400
info@champaigncenter.com

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