Community Programs & Awards

Active Civic / Industrial Improvement Programs Contact Number
Carbondale Chamber of Commerce 618-549-2146
Keep Carbondale Beautiful 618-529-4148
Carbondale Main Street
Carbondale Community Arts 618-457-5100
Varsity Center for the Arts 618-319-3910


  • Requested and received $2.1 million in SIMPO STU funding to extend Oak Street to Rendleman Road
  • Secured a $2 million Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) grant to expand the bike path
    from Old Highway 13 to Wood Road
  • Awarded a $2 million grant to cover 80% of the funding of Phase 1 of an entertainment and event plaza in
    downtown Carbondale
  • Awarded $1 million for the reconstruction of McRoy Drive
  • Awarded a $500k grant from the State of Illinois for accessibility improvements at the Superblock
  • Made the World Atlas 8 cutest small towns in Illinois list
  • Winner of "GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award," since 1986
  • Winner of “GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting” for 30 years
  • Received an unmodified opinion (the highest and cleanest kind of opinion an auditor can express) from the
    auditor in the presentation of FY 2022 financial statements in conformity with the Generally Accepted
    Accounting Principles
  • Awarded the Department of Energy Communities LEAP Pilot Program Technical Assistance
  • Named "Tree City USA" since 1981; Received Tree City USA Growth Award for the 8th consecutive year
  • Winner, Bronze level for Bicycle Friendly Community since 2016