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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.

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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

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GENEVIEVE KIRK, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
director@champaigncenter.com
217-352-2400

Genevieve joined the Champaign Center Partnership in June 2017 as Executive Director. A native of northern Illinois, she completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Chicago and earned a master’s degree in public service with a focus on nonprofit management at Marquette University where she was awarded a Trinity Fellowship.

Genevieve has over fifteen years of professional experience in the nonprofit and public sectors where she has held positions as the volunteer coordinator for the City of Las Cruces, New Mexico, grant team manager at Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment in the San Francisco Bay Area, and Program Director at Kids In Danger in Chicago. She also credits her two years of Peace Corps experience as a volunteer in Mauritania, West Africa to growing her resiliency as a leader and fostering her strong service ethic. She is excited to bring a globally-minded perspective to locally-focused initiatives as CCP’s director.

Genevieve has called Champaign home since 2014, along with her husband and two children, who attend Unit 4 schools. She is a PTA member and recent participant in the United Way’s Emerging Community Leaders program. In her spare time, Genevieve enjoys exploring the community with her family and playing her flute in the Parkland College Concert Band.

VERONICA SEVERINI, MARKETING & EVENTS COORDINATOR
coordinator@champaigncenter.com
217-352-2400

Veronica joined the Champaign Center Partnership as a marketing intern in September 2018 and became Marketing & Events Coordinator in January 2019. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in art history in 2018.

Veronica’s first job at age 16 was at a new, independent coffee shop in her hometown of Lombard, Illinois, a job she says fostered her love of working with small businesses and tight-knit communities. Before joining CCP as Marketing & Events Coordinator, Veronica managed the design and social media for Hammerhead Coffee and local start-up Serionix. Outside of CCP, she does botanical illustration for a Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois.

Veronica has an extensive illustration and graphic design background, which she eagerly brings to projects at CCP from the Wine Walk to the Parade of Lights. She fills her free time with additional art projects from figure drawing to printmaking. When not creating, you can find Veronica playing her cello, weightlifting, or enjoying a cappuccino at local coffee shops.

MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Don Elmore - President
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ERIK RIHA- VICE CHAIR
Campus Award for Excellence in Public Engagement reception. April 26 at iHotel.
XANDER HAZEL- SECRETARY
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CHRIS COPELAND - TREASURER
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NATHAN LILLY
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ERIC CAIN
Mitch Marlow
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MARK DIRKSEN
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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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