Sauk Valley Keystone Group

02/01/2020 – “Sauk Valley Millennial Group” Changes Name to “Sauk Valley Keystone Group”
Group Forms New Leadership Structure As It Grows and Evolves

The Sauk Valley Millennial Group has changed its name to The Sauk Valley Keystone Group. The name change is an effort to move the group forward into its next chapter.

In addition to the name change, the group has created a nine-member steering committee. The committee will lead meetings and organize task forces, the goals of which will be developed this year through conversations with members and community stakeholders.

The group was originally formed through the efforts of Sterling Main Street and the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce. Notable achievements of the group include the Dogwood Acres dog park, which opened in the Fall of 2020. Sterling Main Street and the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce will remain as key advisors to the group and steering committee.

Members must be born after 1981 and reside within the Sauk Valley area.  Interested parties can contact the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce or Sterling Main Street for additional information. Information can also be found on the Sauk Valley Keystone Group Facebook page.

Our Projects:

Dogwood Acres

The mission of Dogwood Acres is to create a safe space for our four-legged friends to run and play off-leash. Dogwood Acres will be a fenced-in dog park within the city of Sterling, IL where people & their dogs can socialize and exercise in a clean & safe environment.

Dogwood Acres committee members present check to Sterling Park District

Phase 1 of our fundraising effort was to raise $50,000. This money will be used for our most basic necessities – fencing & sidewalks. We are happy to announce that we have met that goal the park opened in Thomas Park in the fall of 2020.

For more information, and to register your dog, visit


This project is powered by the Keystone Group, Sterling Main Street, Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and the Sterling Park District.