Leadership Community

McLean County

The McLean County Community Compact is a dynamic organization of dedicated community, education, and business leaders committed to unify and mobilize community and external resources by enhancing the culture of shared responsibility to maintain and enhance workforce development in McLean County.

Our mission is to grow a robust, diverse, and work-ready talent pipeline through an integrated network of employers, educators, and community resources.

The McLean County Community Compact was formed as a not-for-profit corporation in 1989 as an outgrowth of a local youth problem study group. Barbara F. Stuart spearheaded the organization’s founding and served as its first director. During the early ‘90s, the Compact affiliated with the McLean County Unit of the University of Illinois Extension.

In 2012 and 2013, through mutual agreement, the Compact formally ended its affiliation with the University of Illinois Extension. As a result of a strategic planning exercise held during the transition, the Compact established new vision and mission statements aimed at forming alliances and facilitating community efforts to improve college and career readiness. This changed the focus from developing programs to enhancing partnerships.

In 2015, BNAdvantage, an Economic Development Strategy for the Bloomington-Normal-McLean County region was unveiled, establishing a strategic framework to guide McLean County to a prosperous and sustainable economic future. A critical component of BNAdvantage was the development of a standing Workforce Development Committee, championed by the McLean County Chamber of Commerce, to fulfill workforce development goals. The efforts of the Workforce Development Committee and the mission of the McLean County Community Compact made for a natural partnership to share leadership, commitment, and resources to support community stakeholders from business, government, labor, education and the community to achieve BNAdvantage strategic goals. In March of 2018, the McLean County Community Compact Board of Directors voted to become a subsidiary of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce and rebrand the organization as COMPACT.

Lead Intermediary Organization

McLean County Community Compact
A subsidiary of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce


Charlie Moore, President & CEO
McLean County Chamber of Commerce

Areas of Expertise

The Compact’s core values are collaboration, commitment, equity, innovation, and outcome-focused.

  • Connection to the Chamber and local employers
  • Connection to the learning institutions
  • Ability to leverage various resources and models

Prioritized Focus Areas

  • Agriculture
  • Finance
  • Health Sciences
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing

Key Successes

  • Under the 60 by 25 Network, COMPACT has received funding to implement College and Career Pathway Endorsements in Health Science, Information Technology, and Agriculture.
  • In May 2019, COMPACT hosted the first Education to Employer Summit focusing on secondary Education.
  • In summer 2019, COMPACT piloted a talent attraction program called Becoming BN to highlight opportunities in Bloomington-Normal for young adults. In July of 2020, a four-part virtual Becoming BN program focused on Health and Recreation, Technology, and Food and Beverage.
  • In September 2019, launched the Essential Workplace Skills (EWS) in partnership with Heartland Community College, which continues to provide monthly trainings for frontline incumbent workers.
  • In October 2019, hosted the second Education to Employer Summit that focused on post-secondary education.
  • In June 2020, began hosting two AmeriCorps VISTA members. The COMPACT VISTA project focuses on economic development related to employment and workforce development, and assist with resource development to support maintenance and expansion of COMPACT’s portfolio of programs.
  • In July 2020, publicly launched a new resources website: mcleancochamber.org.
  • Produce and distribute a monthly COMPACT newsletter to over 600 recipients.

2-Year Goals

  • Conduct Virtual Education to Employer Roundtable series.
  • Develop additional resources for website.
  • Continue Community Mapping Project conversation in collaboration with EDC, United Way, Career Link, and others.
  • Support College and Career Connections events.
  • Support 8th Grade Career Expo with Bloomington Area Career Center.
  • Conduct an employer needs survey in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce.
  • Plan and create Virtual Career Conversation Series for students.
  • Develop and conduct Youth Leadership McLean County Program.

Community Updates

COVID-19 Resource Website Launched

To support communities during COVID-19, the McLean Chamber of Commerce, which serves as the backbone organization for the McLean County Leadership Community, has developed a new, jointly-sponsored website with resources for community access.

McLean County Update: December 2019

2019 was a busy year in McLean County. They piloted Becoming BN, developed the Education to Employer Summit, launched the Essential Workplace Skills in partnership, and continued work with the College and Career Pathways Endorsements.

McLean County Update: September 2018

Over the last several months the McLean County Compact action teams have developed a logic model that outlines resources, activities, products and outcomes related to joint goals, including the 60 by 25 goal.

McLean County Adopts 60 by 25 Goal

In McLean County, over a dozen education, employer, and community entities adopted the 60 by 25 goal and have made it part of their strategic planning toward workforce development.

McLean County Embarks on Strategic Planning to Support 60 by 25 Goal

The McLean County Leadership Community effort is utilizing existing structures to promote the 60 by 25 goal, while embarking on a comprehensive strategic planning process that will help it to streamline and leverage its education to careers efforts more effectively.