Rep. Phillips Honors Charleston for receiving the 2017 Governor’s Hometown Award

From left to right, State Representative Reggie Phillips, Charleston Mayor Brandon Combs, and EIU President David Glassman.

State Representative Reggie Phillips (R-Charleston) congratulated the City of Charleston on obtaining the 2017 Governor’s Hometown Award at a ceremony held Wednesday, November 8th at the Old State Capitol in Springfield.

“I am very proud of the City of Charleston, the volunteer community and local businesses that make the community a special place to live,” said Rep. Phillips. “The 2017 Governor’s Hometown Award shows how much the residents care about Charleston and their commitment to volunteerism and community service.”

More than 2.4 million Illinoisans volunteered in 2015, and Illinois was ranked the No. 1 volunteering state amongst the five most populous states in the country, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service.

The City of Charleston received the 2017 Governor’s Hometown Award for the Lake Charleston Trail System Improvement Project. In late 2013, a group of local bicycle advocates met to brainstorm ideas on how best to improve the Lake Charleston trail system. In early 2014, the trail system consisted of approximately 2 miles of single track trails around the Lake Charleston area. With the support of the City of Charleston, volunteers and private partnerships, in 2014 a team of volunteers and public works personnel began the painstaking work of improving existing trails and hand building additional single track trails around Lake Charleston. This trail work was done with close counsel of the International Mountain Bike Association. These trails were hand built with every effort to maximize sustainability and minimize impact. From 2014 – 2016, the Lake Charleston Trail system accomplishments included the improvement of 2 miles of existing trails and adding an additional 7 miles of new trails; for a total of 9 miles of quality trails around Lake Charleston.

Presented continuously from 1983 to 2014 and then 2017 to present, the Governor’s Hometown Awards (GHTA) program gives formal recognition to those who contributed to projects that improved their community’s quality of life. These projects are sponsored by local units of government that had strong volunteer support, met a need, and made a definitive impact, thereby generating a positive outcome in the community and by extension, the state. The program is administered by the Serve Illinois Commission, the Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service.

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