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September 24, 2021

 

 
 
ARPA  
 

Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced that eligible cities and towns across the state who have yet to do so must apply for Non-Entitlement Unit (NEU) dollars authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) by September 30. To date, 1,009 local governments have taken steps to receive or claim over $361 million. More than 241 eligible governments have yet to complete their application, leaving over $19.6 million in funds on the table for the current fiscal year. To ensure all eligible local governments receive vital funding, the administration is urging the remaining NEUs to claim their allocations by September 30, 2021, or funds will be reallocated. A full list of governments, those who have yet to apply, and their eligible amount of funds can be found here. Information about how to complete the request or to receive technical assistance with a request is available on the DCEO NEU portal https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/CURENEU/Pages/default.aspx.

 

 
 
  Tourism
 

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity's Office of Regional Economic Development and presenters from the Office of Tourism will host a webinar about the Illinois Tourism Attractions & Festivals Grant Program. The Tourism Attractions & Festivals Grant Program is aimed at revitalizing the hard-hit tourism industry by bringing back new and returning tourism attractions and festivals to our state. Grants up to $1,000,000 will be awarded to establish and enhance tourism attractions or festivals. The webinar will be at 2 p.m. September 30. Register here.

 

 
 
CO Cornell  
 

Colorado State University and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology produce maps which show predicted nocturnal migration of birds three hours after local sunset and are updated every six hours. The maps show real-time analysis of intensities of actual nocturnal bird migration, as detected by the US weather surveillance radar network between local sunset to sunrise. Earlier this month, massive numbers of birds collided with buildings in Manhattan, due to light pollution and poor flying conditions on a night of intense migration. To protect migrating birds, turn off all non-essential lights, especially during migration periods, to reduce birds' attraction to and disorientation by them, and making buildings bird friendly. See recommendations for turning off lights.

 

 
 
  LGE Webinar Series
 

The Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development is dedicated to improving health and health care for the people living in the 66 counties of central and southern Illinois, whose unique landscape and geographic isolation present opportunities for innovative approaches to outreach, prevention, and treatment. Join us on Thursday, September 30 at Noon CT for Making Inroads into the Substance Use Disorder Crisis: Mobilizing New Approaches to Rural SUD Services, where SIU School of Medicine professionals will introduce the substance use disorder-related services provided to people in the most rural and medically underserved areas in Illinois. Discussion will include rural opioid prescriber training programs, the IL Prescription Monitoring Program Delta Counties Project, and the Substance Use Disorder Regional Leadership Center programs. See here for more information and to register.

 

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

September 30 – Making Inroads into the Substance Use Disorder Crisis: Mobilizing New Approaches to Rural SUD Services

October 13 - Adapting to a New Remote Working Environment in Rural Illinois

 

 
 
 
 
 

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