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October 15, 2021

 

 
 
Enjoy Illinois  
 

A new $10 million grants program is part of a broader effort underway by the Pritzker administration to help reinvigorate tourism in Illinois and to put the industry on a path to economic recovery from COVID-19. Tourism and festival businesses and entities can submit for grants of up to $1 million to establish and enhance tourism attractions or festivals planned for this year or next. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until funds are depleted, with awards made quarterly, and the department will have the ability to fund applications most closely aligned to eligibility criteria approved for immediate funding. The Tourism Attraction and Festivals Grant program will help develop new or enhance existing tourism attractions across the state – including but not limited to museums, businesses, events, performances, and festivals. DCEO will use ARPA federal recovery dollars to provide grants ranging from $10,000 to $1 million and will require a local match. The goal of the program is to attract additional visitors and overnight stays that will bring foot traffic to communities across Illinois. Eligible applicants include units of local government, municipalities, county, not-for-profit and for-profit organizations, or local promotions groups. The funds may be used for capital projects, equipment, training, transportation, housing, receptions, entertainment, photography, temporary housing, and interpretive programs, such as exhibits and installations - to further develop new attractions and events.  In turn, these grants will result in increased visitor spending in local communities, generating revenue and creating jobs for Illinoisans. 

 

 
 
  Funding Opportunity
 

The USDA SBIR program focuses on transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial potential and/or societal benefit. Unlike fundamental research, the USDA SBIR program supports small businesses in the creation of innovative, disruptive technologies and enables the application of research advancements from conception into the market. Projects dealing with agriculturally related manufacturing and alternative and renewable energy technologies are encouraged across all SBIR topic areas. USDA SBIR's flexible research areas ensure innovative projects consistent with USDA's vision of a healthy and productive nation in harmony with the land, air, and water. The USDA SBIR program has awarded over 2000 research and development projects since 1983, allowing hundreds of small businesses to explore their technological potential, and providing an incentive to profit from the commercialization of innovative ideas. 

 

 
 
Build, Unite, Create  
 

A video about the Arlington, Texas city budget has attracted more than 700,000 viewers. Build, Unite, Create: Using LEGO Bricks to Explain Arlington's FY2022 Budget was shot using stop-motion animation in a reconstruction of the city built by Jay Warren, director of communication and legislative affairs. “Some of the LEGOs that were used date back to my childhood in the '80s,” says Warren. “Fortunately, my mother didn’t get rid of those things, and when I was able to get them and start building again, I did.” He spent the last decade building Arlington with Legos as a hobby. But when he hosted a Christmas party at his home, a city freelancer stumbled upon his creation and suggested that it be used for the next budget video. The 2022 budget spot is not the first hit for the city’s communications team. A video explaining the FY2020 operating budget, shot in a supermarket and comparing budgeting and shopping decisions, amassed over half a million views; the FY2021 release reached nearly 600,000 people.

 

 
 
  LGE Webinar Series
 

Join us on Thursday, October 21 at 11AM CT for Energy Transitions: Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation in Illinois to learn about the history, current status, and future of the Abandoned Mine Land (AML) program in Illinois and the importance of addressing the physical safety and environmental threats of un-reclaimed mine lands.  Presenters on this free webinar are from the Illinois Prairie Rivers Network, Just Transition Fund, Office of Mines and Minerals (Illinois Department of Natural Resources), the Ohio River Valley Institute, and Appalachian Voices. We'll discuss the implications of potential new federal infrastructure funds on the Illinois AML program, employment implications, and opportunities for communities who prioritize abandoned mine land reclamation. Register here

 

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

October 20 - Ameren Illinois Virtual Business Symposium

October 21 - Energy Transitions: Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation in Illinois

November 9 - Part 1: Federal Models in Resiliency and Sustainability: At Home and Abroad

 
 
 
 
 

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