Joi Cuartero Austin

Joi Cuartero Austin

Senior Program Officer and Director of the Illinois Main Street Program

As Senior Program Officer and Director of Illinois Main Street Programs, Joi is primarily responsible for providing comprehensive revitalization technical services for commercial districts within Illinois Main Street and across the nation.

Joi is the former Marketing & Communications director for Great River Economic Development Foundation (GREDF), the EDO for Adams County Illinois, and coordinating organization for the Tri-State Development Summit, a 36-county region of western IL, southeast IA and northeast MO. There, she delivered the community and GREDF branded message, lead workforce solution and strategic plan efforts, managed local and regional events, as well as various economic development initiatives. Recently, she also became a certified economic development practitioner (CEcD) with the International Economic Development Council.

As a former Batavia, Illinois MainStreet executive director, her work included leveraging local assets to enhance and redevelop Batavia’s downtown district with dedicated volunteer efforts. Joi developed an award winning program, brought more visibility to the organization through engaging community, increased property and developer participation through broker tours, and worked with other economic development partners as a communications liaison for the downtown Batavia Streetscape projects. 

In 2008, she started work on bringing an art center to the Fox Valley region, which resulted in co-founding Water Street Studios, a 16,000 sq-ft art center with 28 artist studios, classes and galleries. Prior to her work with Main Street, Joi worked in music television production, primarily to produce the show Soundstage.

Joi has a degree in Arts and Entertainment Media Management from Columbia College in Chicago and brings with her a passion and enthusiasm for community. She is co-founder of 100 Women Who Care Adams County chapter and collaborator for TEDx Quincy. She sits on the Quincy Chamber of Commerce D&I committee, is on the board of the Quincy Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Quincy Art Center as the development chair, and Quincy YWCA. She also served on The District board executive committee.