Paul Schuytema

Getting Deep Blue in Monmouth
11:54 am
Sun October 20, 2013

Getting Deep Blue in Monmouth

Cassie Taylor

An old vaudeville stage in Monmouth will rock back to life for the seventh Deep Blue Innovators Blues Festival.

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Progress Continues
10:37 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Re-energizing Downtown Monmouth

Credit Rich Egger

A couple projects are moving ahead as the Maple City works to breathe new life into its downtown.

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Annual Music Festival
6:43 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Deep Blue Innovators in Monmouth

Matthew Skoller's band will headline the festival
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Rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, and hip hop all have their roots in the blues. Yet it seems as though the blues does not get its due. That will change – at least for a day – in Monmouth.

The Deep Blue Innovators Blues Festival begins Saturday afternoon at the Rivoli Theatre. The doors open at 2:00 and the music begins at 2:30. Ticket information can be found here.

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City Will Create Virtual Museum
11:42 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Monmouth Wins Broadband Innovation Money

Monmouth will receive $10,000 from the inaugural Illinois Broadband Innovation Fund. The state received 113 applications for the grant program. Just 14 winners were selected.

Monmouth Director of Community Development Paul Schuytema said his city was the only municipality chosen.

“That’s pretty exciting, and to be a municipality that’s not like Chicago but a little bitty town of 9,400 people in the cornfields, it’s a great honor,” Schuytema said. “We’re looking forward to delivering some good work and sharing it.”

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Cafe Seating Ordinance
12:46 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Monmouth Seeks More Inviting Downtown

Monmouth Town Square

Monmouth will use its broad sidewalks around the town square to make the area more inviting while offering an opportunity for business expansion.

Community Director Paul Schuytema says the cafe seating ordinance will allow restaurants to provide outdoor seating on the public right-of-way on those broad sidewalks.

He says, “In light of the development that we're trying to do downtown...an ordinance like this becomes a really nice recruitment tool to bring restaurants that we don't yet have in the downtown into some of the areas that are going to be developed.”

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Jobs
11:47 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Survey Goal is to Boost Economic Activity

Monmouth is a partner in a new survey that will provide a snapshot of the job skills of the workforce in western Illinois-and the the skills they might need.

Community Development Director Paul Schuytema said the survey has two goals. One is to provide a detailed picture of the area in light of the 2010 census data. He said any large firm looking at locating in the area will be concerned with the regional workforce instead of just that in one city. He said the second goal is to discover skill sets that are lacking in the region.

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Gallery Space
2:46 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

New Art Studio Will Create Opportunities Downtown

Monmouth wants to spur economic development in the downtown. Public meetings have shown residents would like to see a vigorous arts community develop downtown.

Community Development Director Paul Schuytema said the city will rehabilitate a building downtown into an art studio and gallery. The new project will create foot traffic and new business opportunities. He said the original plan was to offer artists studio and gallery space and apartments. A study showed that was not economically feasible.

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