We Want You to Thrive in Monmouth
In a small community like Monmouth, our small businesses are the life-blood of our economy. The City of Monmouth works hand-in-hand with businesses, agencies and driven individuals to create a fertile economic garden for our local enterprises to grow and thrive.
Whether you are a new business looking to start-up, an existing business looking to expand into the Monmouth market or a long-time Monmouth business looking to expand, let us help connect you to the tools and agencies to help you reach your goal.
Monmouth proudly stands on firm economic footing, with solid municipal fiscal management, strong economic-drive businesses (such as Farmland Foods and Monmouth College) and a history of entrepreneurial innovation and growth. We are a community rooted in a rich history with a progressive vision of a prosperous future in the global twenty-first century economy.
We realize that there is more to economic development that just site selection and incentives—many factors help drive a thriving small town economy from quality of life to cultural and educational opportunities to access to transportation and an able and ready workforce. We are active and aggressive in our efforts to create a vital "hotspot" for economic growth in our community.
Stop by City Hall and let us share our history, our vision, our community and our tools with you. Together we can thrive here in West Central Illinois!
Lew Steinbrecher, City Administrator
(309) 734-2141 • (309) 734-4943 (fax)
Lew Steinbrecher has spent over 40 years in local government, most recently as Moline's city administrator, a job he held for 12 years before retiring last November. Mayor Rod Davies was able to coax him out of retirement to help run Monmouth for the rest of the year.
Lew is originally from a small town in southern Michigan and has been a municipal manager for six different communities in the Midwest, including Albion, Michigan, which is very similar to Monmouth with a population of 10,000 people, a small private four-year liberal arts college, and a sizeable diverse population. He also served as the economic development director for a regional planning agency at the beginning of his 42-year career.
He has an undergraduate degree in community planning and development and a Master of Science degree in administration. Lew started working for the City of Monmouth on May 31 and is excited to work with community leaders along with Mayor Davies and the City Council members to advance the various economic development projects already in progress, as well as several planned public infrastructure improvement projects soon to begin construction.
Amy Zesbaugh, Media Relations Manager
(309) 734-2141 • (309) 734-4943 (fax)
Amy Zesbaugh joined the City’s Community Development department in 2016. She has an undergraduate degree in English from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, and a Master of Arts in English from Colorado State University in Fort Collins. She has worked in publishing, corporate communications, and as a freelance editor.
She writes website articles, edits the City’s monthly newsletter, and serves as a board member and City representative for the Warren County CEO Program. (The City of Monmouth is one of the founding sponsors of the program.) Amy is also on the Warren County Public Library board and enjoys the “no fines” benefit of that position.
We work hard to make sure your new or existing business will do more than survive here in Monmouth—we want you to thrive! To that end, we have a number of tools available to help you get your business started or take your existing business to the next level. Our incentives aren't "free money," but rather are financial tools designed to help you leverage your private capital and investment. Please contact us, and we'll discuss how to help you become another Monmouth success story.
Downtown Facade Grant Program
The Monmouth Facade Improvement Program is a matching grant program designed to help building owners within the Warren County Courthouse Commercial Historic District (roughly bounded by Archer Avenue on the North, First Street on the East, Second Avenue on the South and A Street on the West) improve the exterior facades of their buildings in accordance with the historic nature of the District. The maximum grant amount will be $7,500 match per project (50% match from program), as available funds allow, on a first-come, first-serve basis. The facade funds have been made available by the City of Monmouth and are administered by the City after approval by the Downtown Facade Committee.
The procedure to be approved for a grant takes about three months. Please plan accordingly.
Monmouth's TIF District provides a vehicle to reinvest tax revenue back into the community. The TIF District encompasses the Public Square region of downtown, as well as west Broadway to Route 34. Improvements in structures provides revenue for the TIF Board to utilize in building and infrastructure improvements, as well as offering reduced-rate loans within the District.
The City administers the Monmouth Warren County Enterprise Zone (MWCEZ) which is a program designed to stimulate economic growth and neighborhood revitalization. Incentive package includes special financing options, tax credits and reduced fees to name a few. The MWCEZ was certified on January 1, 2016.
Note: the building materials exemption will be available only to those contractors or other entities with a certificate issued by the Illinois Department of Revenue. For further information you can go to http://tax.illinois.gov/ or http://cityofmonmouth.com/city-departments/zoningoverview.html.
Interactive Demographic Map
When considering starting a business, relocating an existing business to Monmouth or expanding your business, good data is essential. Monmouth has been working with The Retail Coach since 2015 to provide up-to-date demographic and purchasing data to help businesses thrive here in Monmouth.
The Retail Coach has provided an on-line mapping tool to provide key access to much of this data. To use the map, click on this link: Monmouth Demographic Map. Select the Layers button to view the data sets available.
Retail Gap Analysis
The attached report below gives a demographic profile of the Monmouth retail trade area and a gap analysis of retail purchasing patterns. You can utilize this information to discover market sector opportunities for new businesses or potential business or market expansions.