Category: City Manager’s Office News

Coalition Presents to Urbana Rotary Meeting

Tracy Parsons, Community Relations Manager and Community Coalition Facilitator, presented to the Urbana Rotary Club on April 30. Mr. Parsons discussed the Community Coalition’s five priorities and shared details on Coalition activities in the last year. There were 40 people in attendance. The next Community Coalition meeting will be held next Wednesday, May 8, at […]


Community Coalition Hosts Exhibition and Presentation on African-American History 

On Saturday April 27, Tracy Parsons, Community Relations Manager and Community Coalition Facilitator hosted a public event offering an opportunity to learn about the preservation of African-American history in Central Illinois. The event, “Embracing Your Past, Finding a New Horizon” featured speaker Evelyn Hood, from the African-American Cultural & Genealogical Society of Illinois, Inc. Museum […]


City Staff Presents CDAP at Local AWPA Meeting

On April 18, Community Relations Manager and Compliance Officer Rachel Joy gave a presentation on the Champaign Diversity Advancement Program (CDAP) to a meeting of the American Public Works Association (APWA) Illinois Chapter – Prairie Branch. The meeting was held at Farnsworth Group in Champaign. CDAP encourages City departments, contractors, and other vendors doing business […]


Community Coalition Discusses Race and Race Relations

More than 130 people attended the Champaign Community Coalition meeting held April 10, 2019, at the Champaign Public Library. The meeting’s topic was the work of the Coalition’s Race Relations Subcommittee. The meeting featured speaker Kelly Wickham Hurst, who is a National Organizer and Trainer for Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training, where she facilitates conversations […]


Next Champaign Community Coalition Meeting to Focus on Race Relations

The Champaign Community Coalition encourages the public to attend their next monthly meeting and to engage in a meaningful conversation about race and race relations.  The meeting will feature speaker Kelly Wickham Hurst, who is a National Organizer and Trainer for Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training, where she facilitates conversations and learning about anti-racism, critical […]


City Staff Attends Census Summit in Springfield

Rachel Joy, Community Relations Manager/Compliance Officer, attended the Census 2020 IL “Count Me in” Summit in Springfield. The April 3 summit announced 42 grantees across the State of Illinois who will receive funds to target hard to count populations by increasing marketing and outreach and developing creative strategies to ensure the removal of barriers to […]


City Shares Information with Residents at DisABILITY Resource Expo

The Office of Equity, Community and Human Rights and the Neighborhood Services Department passed out information to residents at the DisABILITY Resource Expo on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at The Vineyard Church in Urbana. City staff and Human Relations Commissioners shared information about various City services and gave away lots of freebies to visitors!  The […]


Mayor Feinen, City Manager’s Office Celebrate International Women’s Day

(Pictured, L to R) Administrative Assistant Ashley Stickels, Administrative Assistant Carrie Brown, Community Relations Manager Rachel Joy, Deputy City Manager Joan Walls, City Manager Dorothy Ann David, Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen, and Administrative Assistant Darian Burow. Mayor Feinen joined staff from the City Manager’s Office for a photograph marking International Women’s Day, March 8. The […]


Local Candidate Forums Telecast on CGTV

On February 27 and 28, 2019, the League of Women Voters of Champaign County, the NAACP-Champaign County, and The News-Gazette sponsored two candidate forums which were telecast live on CGTV and live streamed on CGTV Online. The February 27 forum featured candidates for Urbana School Board, Champaign School Board, and Parkland Community College Board. The February 28 […]