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If you have accomplished significant advances in your field that have been recognized outside of Central Illinois and you were either born or have lived in Central Illinois, you are encouraged to apply here.  If your research, innovation, business, etc. has reached a material milestone for your field and you were either born, or at some point in your professional career, lived in Central Illinois, please apply to the Roots category.  

The primary objective of these innovation awards is to encourage more innovative activities in Central Illinois.   The other innovation categories recognize current innovation activities occurring in Central Illinois.  By recognizing and celebrating notable innovators and businesses that are currently operating outside of the area, we hope to further enhance Central Illinois relationships between local innovators and activities outside of the area. 

If you have any questions about the application qualifications or process, please contact us.