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History. 2007 community concerns West Bloomington Task Force West Bloomington Revitalization Project 501 C 3. Vision Statement.

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  • 2007 community concerns
  • West Bloomington Task Force
  • West Bloomington Revitalization Project
  • 501 C 3
vision statement
Vision Statement

"Located in the heart of the city, West Bloomington will be characterized by its high quality-of-life, empowered residents and deep sense of pride. Through partnerships and strong associations, and building on the neighborhood's history and diversity, West Bloomington will be home to new jobs, homes and vibrant public gathering spaces in a safe and welcoming community."


Established 3 community gardens

West Bloomington Garden has a storage shed donated by Habitat for Humanity

Hosted Saturdays in the Park (plant exchange), Family Fun Fall Festival, Children’s Events and others

Coordinated Learn & Lead program

Planted 8 corners along Market St.

  • 100 Club
  • YMCA swim lessons partnership
  • Summer Mural Project
  • Ambassadors Program
  • Launched Book Bike
  • Established digital labs via Blank Canvas
  • Provided “community classroom” for intern
  • Engaged in Strickland committee
  • Financial Literacy- using LINK at the Farmer’s market
book bike
Book Bike
  • Adapted from Book bike project in Chicago
  • Mission: put books into the hands of Westside residents and promote WBRP through presence at community events
  • Has appeared at Halloween and Thanksgiving Farmer’s Markets and in the Once Upon a Holiday window vignette
economic development
Economic Development
  • Promote HCC business programs
  • Feature local businesses in WestWord
  • Partner with churches and various organizations to support workforce development programs
  • Facilitated first McLean County Housing Summit
  • Block-by-Block revitalization of 600 W Mulberry
  • Created renter’s rights information board
safety wellness
Safety & Wellness
  • Conducted Westside study on safety and crime
  • Inventory lighting completed
  • New series of walks with neighbors and BPD to reach concern areas
marketing pr
Marketing & PR
  • The West Word
  • Facebook Page: West Bloomington Revitalization Project (WBRP)
our partners
Our Partners

City of Bloomington, Bloomington Public Library, Illinois Wesleyan University Action Research Center, 100 Black Men of Central Illinois, garden shops, Master Gardeners, Bloomington Housing Authority, State Farm Bank, Downtown Bloomington Association, Milestones Early Learning Center, Habitat for Humanity, Planning Commission, GAP neighborhood association, Western Avenue, Project Oz, Jesus House, Neighborworks, YMCA, Shakespeare Festival, BPD, Old Towne Neighborhood Assn, Illinois State University Stevenson Center, Heartland Community College, Habitat for Humanity…


Val Dumser, resident

Sue Floyd, resident

Heather Paul, Miller Park Zoo

Larry Horvath, Heartland Bank

Michael O’Donnell, ECIAAA

Greg Donovan, AFNI

Brittini Gray, IWU student

Dennis Arnold, resident

Rick Heiser, resident

Dale Avery, State Farm

Deborah Halperin, IWU

Dana David, Milestones

Bob Hunt, ISU Stevenson Center

Bill McConnel, Habitat

Karen Schmidt, City Council

office info
Office Info

800 W. Washington St. Bloomington, IL 61701