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DecaturNet's History:

DecaturNet is the result of work beginning in 1993, when an Internet Steering Committee was formed by 45 individuals representing libraries, schools, social service agencies, hospitals, businesses and other community organizations. Dr. Charles Hale of Millikin University's Staley Library applied for a Library Construction and Services Act, Title III Interlibrary Cooperation grant under the auspices of the Illinois State Library. This grant for $75,000 was awarded in 1995, and provided the means to purchase DecaturNet's computer and networking equipment. Other financial support was provided by Ameritech. Significant financial and in-kind support continues to be provided by Millikin University. The Decatur Public Library also provides ongoing financial support.

Roosevelt Middle School and the Decatur Public Library were connected to DecaturNet in June of 1996. At the same time, the first DecaturNet Board of Directors was named.

DecaturNet's Focus:

As a creature at the nexus of our community and the Internet, DecaturNet has found it necessary to adapt to a rapidly changing environment. The mission of DecaturNet,"to build a better community by fostering the development of high quality community-based information , sharing a sustainable community based electronic network and providing a gateway to world-wide information resources," continues to guide DecaturNet's development.

Priorities at DecaturNet are:

  1. Development of a rich, relevant, current base of information to serve Decatur-Macon County
  2. Provision of Internet Access to not-for-profit organizations

As the first two priorities are realized, DecaturNet will expand to meet additional needs in our community, such as:

  • Coordination of Internet Training for Lifelong Learners
  • Hosting of forums for the discussion of local issues

DecaturNet's Location:

DecaturNet's equipment was orginally housed at Millikin University, its "birthplace", in Decatur, Illinois, USA.  In July, 2001 the equipment was moved to the City of Decatur's Management Information Services Division.     DecaturNet's people are located throughout Macon County, Illinois in organizations devoted to commerce, learning, and human service.

DecaturNet People:

DecaturNet Board of Directors:

John A Moorman, Decatur Public Library, President
David O. Cooprider, Regional Office of Education, Vice President
Lucy Murphy, United Way, Secretary/Treasurer
Tom Caufield, A.G. Edwards & Sons
Charles Hale, Millikin University
Jill Hartsock, Illinois Power
Linda Kehart, Decatur Community Partnership

Other DecaturNet People

DecaturNet owes a debt of gratitude to scores of concerned citizens who have served in an advisory capacity over its early and recent history. From college professors, media experts, computer experts, and others involved in the promotion of community welfare have come a rich array of helpful perspectives. We continue to seek such input as we develop this project into a key resource for Macon County.

As we plan for DecaturNet, we recognize that the fulfillment of it's mission will soon require the sustained attention of some key people. DecaturNet has grown beyond the abilities of the dedicated volunteers who have to date nurtured it. Consequently we look to hire paid staff for DecaturNet staff as soon as funding permits.

DecaturNet's Organization:

Decaturnet is organized as a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation. As such it does not charge for services it performs. DecaturNet welcomes Sponsorships and Donations to help defray the costs of its operation.

Contacting DecaturNet:

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#1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza
Decatur, IL 62523

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This page last updated on July 16, 2001.