Vermilion County Mayor's Council
Created in the early 1990s, the purpose of this group is to facilitate the understanding of and participation in the economic development process among all city, village and municipal leaders within Vermilion County.
The Mayors' Council meets on a quarterly basis. Contact Logan Cronk for more information.
Human Resource Council
In an effort to meet the needs of all business people in the personnel field, the Human Resources Council has tailored their programs to meet the needs of business personnel situations. The traditional forum for this Council includes tours of other local businesses, discussion relating to human resource issues, sharing of forms and policies, and colleague networking. The Council also brings in speakers who make presentations on timely topics or topics of concern to the profession such as worker’s compensation, FMLA, employee benefits, workplace violence, drug testing policies, etc. Some of the meetings are held jointly with the Safety Council if the topic is of interest to both groups.
The group generally meets monthly on the 2nd Tuesday for a lunch meeting. Meetings that have already taken place in 2018 are February 13 with a presentation on the proper inspection process of safety eyewash and showers; and on April 10 with IDES presenting Unemployment claims, unemployment law changes, & the appeal process. Upcoming meetings include May 8 with Laura Williams from Danville Area Community College presenting GED changes since 2014 & how the State of Illinois now accepts three high school equivalency exams, and also how DACC's Career Services can help employers. Expected, upcoming meetings include "Proper Workers’ Compensation Claim Handling for Employers” presented by Eric Chovanec from Thomas, Mamer & Haughey, LLP (Sept. 11); a Human Resources "Roundtable" to share best practices, problem solving, and discussion (Nov. 9); and a meeting regarding Employer Retirement Plan options (November 13).
Contact Machelle Dykes or call 217-442-6201 for more information.
Inter-Governmental Planning Council
The Intergovernmental Planning Council was formed in 1997 to plan, coordinate and prioritize the major infrastructure components needed to propel our county forward.
The main objectives are:
- To annually coordinate and plan among the key public-sector bodies regarding capital improvement needs and plans for road and utility improvements;
- To determine which projects require outside state or federal assistance to proceed;
- To prioritize those projects needing additional capital and provide a signed, agreed upon cost and prioritized list to our state and federal legislators prior to the commencement of their budgeting processes;
- To align capital improvement plans to prevent duplication of effort (e.g. a road being repaved or improved, only to be torn up months or a year later to install new water line, etc.).
The Council meets quarterly on the 1st Thursday of the month. Contact Logan Cronk for more information.
The Safety Council strives to enhance the overall safety and health of the people who live and labor in our community by sharing and applying collective knowledge, skills and experiences for the purpose of promoting and facilitating continuous safety improvements. Some of the meetings are held jointly with the Human Resources Council if the topic is of interest to both groups.
Participants are comprised of safety, maintenance and human resource personnel who handle company/business/plant safety issues like OSHA requirements, ergonomics, environmental safety, and emergency disaster plans.
The group generally meets monthly on the 2nd Tuesday for a lunch meeting. Meetings that have already taken place in 2018 are February 13 with a presentation on the proper inspection process of safety eyewash and showers; and on April 10 with IDES presenting Unemployment claims, unemployment law changes, & the appeal process. Upcoming meetings include May 8 with Laura Williams from Danville Area Community College presenting GED changes since 2014 & how the State of Illinois now accepts three high school equivalency exams, and also how DACC's Career Services can help employers. Expected, upcoming meetings in 2018 include Business Preparedness by the Vermilion County Emergency Management Agency, Employer Retirement Plan options, & more! Contact Machelle Dykes or call 217-442-6201 for more information.
Leadership Tomorrow Class 31 - 2019
Purpose of the Program
The Leadership program was created in 1986 to assist emerging community leaders in preparing for leadership positions in local government and community affairs. The program's intent is to help the community face the complex issues of today's world while providing the necessary leadership for tomorrow.
The purpose of Leadership Tomorrow is to be able to provide Vermilion County with a continuing resource of men and women - equipped with community knowledge and leadership skills, challenged to get involved - shaping the future and direction of our community's potential. This is done with 9 sessions, generally every other Friday, starting with a one-and-a-half day Retreat (locally, not overnight) starting in January 2019 and ending with Graduation Day in May 2019. Education, experience and community service are emphasized (see more information at application link below). This is a County-wide program.
The Leadership Tomorrow program benefits include:
Employers - Provides exposure to local social, political, and economic factors that impact business.
Participants - Encourages and provides opportunities for networking with peers and established community leaders; provides a greater understanding and broarder perspective of local issues; increases understanding of community needs; and reinforces and builds upon personal leadership skills.
Our Community - Creates a pool of emerging and future leaders with a broad perspective of local issues; encourages civic responsibility; and equips leaders with the tools and knowledge to make a difference. Participants are encouraged to get involved in the area where they live, work and play.
One of the greatest benefits is the close bond, networking and friendships that are the end result. Many of the class members stay in touch, know who they can call for help, and have used the networking in their personal and professional lives. It is a mix of people from different walks of life, age groups and backgrounds - coming together with different perspectives and sometimes perceived notions, who might not have known each other before or be aware of each other's talents and expertise. Participants must complete 35 volunteer hours (giving back to the community). Classes also include community history and leadership training.
Leadership Tomorrow Objectives
- To develop quality leadership talents which lead to creative problem solving and future planning by the participants.
- To develop in participants an awareness of the community, its problems, challenges, and opportunities, through an educational process.
- To assist participants in assuming leadership roles in the community.
- To develop and ensure the continuation of a network of community leaders.
- To expose current issues and cutting edge information in each session - issues affecting Vermilion County and the area.
- To provide the participants the opportunity to network and receive quality information on leadership skills.
Leadership Tomorrow – personal and professional development....leadership skills, commitment, involvement, giving back – an understanding of the community – past, present and future.
Applications will be accepted through November 30, 2018 for Class 31 of Leadership Tomorrow.
The one-and-a-half-day retreat (takes place locally, not overnight) addresses community issues/concerns; leadership styles; conflict resolution and team building/trust exercises. It begins the afternoon of January 17, 2019, and will continue all day the next day, January 18, 2019. The program will end with Graduation Day on May 10, 2019. The tentative program days are as follows (and are subject to change):
Janury 17 and 18, 2019 - 1-1/2 Day Retreat (see above paragraph)
February 1 – Government Day
February 15 - Business & Industry/Retail Day
March 1 - Boardmanship Training/Education Day
March 15 - Communications Training/Health Care Day
March 29 - Criminal Justice Day Activities (additional dates for police ride alongs and Public Safety Building tour)
April 12 - History Day
April 26 - Agriculture and Conservation/Natural Resources Day
May 10 – Graduation/Review and Critique of the program
A journal must be kept documenting the community hours, and a personal "reflection paper" describing what you learned from your volunteer experiences, will be collected at the end of the program in May.
Applications are available at our office, or by calling 217-442-6201, at a link at the bottom of this web page, or by emailing Logan Cronk at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants will go thru an interview process. Tuition cost is $750.00 inclusive for the 4-month program (other discounts may apply based on Vermilion Advantage membership level). Applications are due November 30, 2018. Scholarships are available, For more information, contact Logan Cronk.leadership_app_class31.pdf