In the 1990s, Champaign County defined itself as a leader in the early advent of the Internet.Today our defining moment comes amidst a deep economic crisis, ongoing and increasing environmental degradation and continued erosion of the social systems that sustain us.
In response to these challenges, the University of Illinois, the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce and the community at large are coming together in a partnership - CCNet.
CCNet is a volunteer initiative that facilitates community-wide discussions about topics that matter to Champaign County. It is modeled after an organization that was formed in 1993 to better enable rapid adoption and innovation around emerging internet technology and broadband connectivity.
Today, in 2010,the CCNet model is being revived in order to bring the community together around opportunities relating to sustainability, specifically:
• social progress which recognizes the needs of everyone
• effective protection of the environment
• prudent use of natural resources
• maintenance of high and stable levels of economic growth and employment
The revival of the CCNet model was originated by the University of Illinois in partnership with the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce as well as several other members of the business and university community. Further development of the organizational structure is underway.