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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.

CULTIVATE CHAMPAIGN CENTER

Cultivate Champaign Center is a 3-year strategic visionary guide that will elevate the organization to meet the needs of a dynamic city center. The next three years represent a transitional period for a relatively young organization with a sights set on expanding special services while also maintain current operations. In so doing, the CCP will be positioned to create a better sense of place by utilizing public spaces, assisting with business retention and attraction, and helping to ensure economic and community vitality in Champaign’s city center. Cultivate Champaign Center was approved by the CCP board of directors in June 2022.

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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 Membership

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 FY2022 Annual Meeting Celebration here.

MEET OUR STAFF

 JENNA MANOLAKES, Executive Dierector

coordinator@champaigncenter.com

Jenna Manolakes joined the Champaign Center Partnership as the Marketing and Events Coordinator in September 2021 and was promoted to Executive Director in 2024. She is originally from Champaign but for college decided to give a different U of I a try and received her bachelor’s degree in creative writing from the University of Illinois in Chicago.

While in Chicago Jenna combined her love of theater and event planning and began marketing the shows she would perform in across the city. Soon she moved to Nashville, TN where she worked as a marketing and events coordinator as well as an artist representative in the thriving music industry. In Nashville, Jenna met and married her husband and eventually returned to Champaign.

Since coming back to Illinois, Jenna coordinated The Homer Soda Festival in 2017 before stepping in as the activities director at an assisted living facility. In that position, she worked heavily in both marketing and in-house event planning.  When the opportunity to join Champaign Center Partnership as the Marketing and Events Coordinator became available, Jenna jumped at the chance to highlight the vibrant community from which she hailed. Now stepping in as the Executive Director, Jenna is thrilled to expand upon the work of all of the leaders who came before her to ensure the success of local Champaign.

When Jenna is not working you can find her spending time with her husband and her daughter. Jenna can not wait to continue to help foster the growth and prosperity of Champaign Center Partnership, the local businesses and the Champaign community as a whole.

MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Rachel Voss - Chair
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Lauren Gramly - Vice Chair
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michael peluso - secretary
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marc alexander - treasurer
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ADRIAN ASTORINA
Adrian Astorina
ERIC CAIN
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Dan Church
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Mickie phetchareune
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Jenny Shima
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DAVION WILLIAMS
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Contact

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

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