CHAMPAIGN — Thursday's STAR awards expo in Champaign will be an opportunity for community education and networking, according to a city press release.
The fourth annual awards ceremony will honor people who have made a difference in the community, but it will also provide an opportunity for residents to engage with more than 35 vendors and learn about their city in five mini-workshops.
The expo is free and open to the public and begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil St., C. The awards ceremony itself begins at 7 p.m.
The mini-workshops will include overviews on this year's construction from the city's public works department, resources for neighborhoods with homeowners' associations, an interfaith community engagement workshop, business network initiatives from the Champaign County Economic Development Association, and police-community partnership initiatives from the Champaign Police Department.
City officials will then announce award recipients from among a pool of nominees in categories like neighborhood leadership, community partner and neighborhood-community building.
For more information, visit http://www.ci.champaign.il.us/star.