The current members of Picture Pittsfield have attended a series of meeting hosted by Western Illinois University and the Illinois Institute of Rural Affairs. During the course of those meetings, project areas and priorities were voted and agreed on by participants. Three goal areas were decided on as being of the highest priority. These goals are:

Goal 1: Pittsfield is known as a destination for recreation. Residents and tourists alike enjoy a variety of activities from hunting and fishing to kayaking and picnicking.

Goal 2: Historic Pittsfield attracts tourists and residents to visit the vibrant retail and dining district as well as enjoy a variety of historic and cultural attractions and activities.

Goal 3: Businesses are attracted, developed, expanded and retained in Pittsfield thanks to a wide range of programs to support them throughout the life of their business. In addition, businesses have a readily available well-trained, qualified workforce due to a variety of educational and apprenticeship programs.

MAPPING participants discussing past development in Pittsfield

A committee was formed from each of these goals with specific strategies and projects to achieve these goals. Please check out the committees page to find more information.