City Departments

Macomb, Illinois

Downtown Development

Mission:   Downtown Development will take a leading role to encourage a collaborative spirit among our community partners in order to enhance the physical environment and interactive experience of our Historic Downtown.  To develop Historic Downtown Macomb as a community in and of itself where people want to live, shop, and enjoy life.

Vision:  City government will partner with the private sector to enhance the physical environment through investing in infrastructure and streetscape improvements, offer incentives to retain existing businesses, engage in aggressive marketing to recruit new businesses, and to encourage and aid when practical, the development of residential components so as to collectively meet the mission.

These goals will be met by filling every available space so that Historic Downtown Macomb is a mixture of thriving niche retail shops, arts and cultural events, boutiques, service sector providers, casual dining, and entertainment; all serving as a place where residents and visitors congregate, to appreciate and enjoy the outstanding quality of life Macomb has to offer.


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Savannah Ballard

Marketing & Downtown Development Director
232 E. Jackson Street Macomb, IL 61455
Phone: (309) 575-3015

  • Historic Preservation FAQ

    Answers to Commonly Asked Questions concerning the City of Macomb’s Historic District or Landmark Designation Program

  • Small Business Toolkit

    Review the guide to align your business set-up with city requirements and take advantage of our reference materials.

Downtown Facade Grant Program

  • Program Guidelines


  • Certificate of Appropriateness Application
  • Downtown Parking Permit
  • Sign Permit Form
  • Outdoor Cafe Permit Application
  • Outdoor Cafe with Liquor License Application
  • Downtown Revolving Loan Form
  • Historic Downtown Buildings
  • Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Macomb Area Economic Development Corporation
  • Macomb Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Macomb Park District
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