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UC2B Fiber Optic Network Expansion Opportunity

July 31, 2012 (All day)

The Champaign-Urbana community has entered a competition to continue building one of the fastest broadband Internet networks in the country. Anchored by on-going construction of the UC2B network, local leaders are preparing a bid proposal for Champaign-Urbana to be one of six communities nationwide to split $200 million in funding from Gigabit Squared, an economic development firm that specializes in building broadband networks through its collaboration with with Gig. U, the University Community Next Generation Innovation Project.

The six communities selected will receive funding to expand broadband connectivity by building out fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) infrastructure. This would give all homes and businesses in Champaign, Urbana, and Savoy the ability to connect to the local ultra-high speed network.

One Summer Day 2012: Taking Steps to Fight Homelessness

June 30, 2012 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Take steps to fight homelessness with the C-U at Home One Summer Day grocery cart walk. Show your support for 7 organizations dedicated to serving the homeless by joining us at Hessel Park in Champaign on Saturday, June 30, 9-11am.

These groups are:

  • C-U at Home

  • Austin's Place

  • Daily Bread Soup Kitchen

  • Restoration Urban Ministries

  • St. Jude Catholic Worker House

  • The Canteen Run

  • Times Center.

We hope you will choose to walk, and we hope that you will bring donations to fill the grocery carts. This is our companion awareness and fundraising event to the C-U at Home One Winter Night sleepout in downtown Champaign in February. To find out more or to register, please go to

Check out the YouTube video here.

Industrial Zoning District Split Public Hearing

May 10, 2012 - 7:30pm

The Urbana Plan Commission will hold a public hearing regarding the proposed zoning ordinance text amendment and zoning map amendments on Thursday, May 10, 2012, at 7:30 PM in the Urbana City Council Chambers (400 S. Vine St). The Plan Commission will make a recommendation on the cases, which will be considered by the Urbana City Council at a future meeting.

If you have any questions or concerns about the proposed rezoning, please contact Jeff Engstrom (, or call (217) 384-2440.

MODERN URBANA: a home tour 2012



The City of Urbana hosted a tour of Urbana’s mid-century modern homes on May 6, 2012. The tour featured seven houses built during the middle of the twentieth century that exemplify modernist design features, such as the use of transparencies, the connection to nature, the use of open plan design, and simple geometries.