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September 4, 2020

 

 
 
 
 

Please save the date for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the North Central Illinois Council of Government's Community Prosperity Virtual Summit, an event designed to foster hope and opportunity, asset building, and wealth creation in rural and underserved communities across North Central Illinois. The Prosperity Summit will be 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. September 23. The Summit will convene state, federal and local agencies, land-grant universities, community-based organizations, and other strategic partners to introduce resources to community attendees that can aid in building resilience through the lens of Broadband Access, Food Supply and Security, and Workforce Development and foster connections of participants to USDA field staff and other support systems that can aid in the work. For more information, contact Julio Puentes, USDA, at julio.puentes@usda.gov

 

 
 
 
 

The third annual Southern Illinois Conservation Workshop has been converted to a week-long, virtual webinar series this year. This workshop brings together professionals with expertise on different aspects of landowner conservation to offer an opportunity for local land managers and landowners to learn, make connections, and ask questions. Join us online via Zoom, September 21-25, 2:00pm-4:00pm CDT each day. If you cannot attend the in-person webinars, they will be recorded and posted to YouTube for later viewing. Registration is free and open to the public. Presentations are focused on the southern Illinois area, but much of the information is applicable to other areas of Illinois and nearby states. Please send questions about the workshop to Erin Garrett emedvecz@illinois.edu or Chris Evans cwevans@illinois.edu and questions about registration to Brenda Hileman hileman@illinois.edu.

 

 
 
 
 

The site of a deadly race riot in Springfield has been added to the national African American Civil Rights Network, one of only 30 locations which have received recognition. U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt said the program, which is part of the National Park Service, is an effort to foster healing, tolerance and understanding. “And with that enactment came the hope that the designation of the sites would honestly tell the full and sometimes painful story of civil rights,” he said. “In too many places across the country, precious waypoints that were on the route to the civil rights movement were being forgotten. And those untold stories were at risk of not being remembered.” The network is described as a program to commemorate, honor and interpret this history. In 1908, a white mob set out after two black men, who had been arrested for rape and murder. But when it was discovered the sheriff had transferred them out of the city, the mob began to attack Black neighborhoods. Two other innocent Black men were lynched. The Springfield Race Riot led to the formation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. "The Race Riot site is part of Black history that needs to be preserved and shared with everyone," NAACP Illinois President Teresa Haley said. 

 

 
 
 
 

Illinois Extension’s Local Government Education program is offering a three-part webinar series on energy efficiency policy and programs. In the first session, Citizens Utility Board and Elevate Energy delivered a presentation on utility policy, demand response programs, and how electricity consumers can use smart meter upgrades. The second session covered Ameren’s energy efficiency programs, along with Stanley “Jay” Soloman and Ashley Belle, Extension Educators in Energy and Environmental Stewardship, giving an overview of Illinois Extension’s Smart Grid education program. Recordings from August 20 and 27 are online at https://go.illinois.edu/LGEarchives. On September 10, ComEd presenters will cover their energy efficiency programs. Read more and register for the series online.

 

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

September 10 (LGE Webinar) - Energy Efficiency Policy and Programs (Part 3)

September 21 - 25 - Southern Illinois Conservation Workshop

September 23 - North Central Illinois Council of Government's Community Prosperity Virtual Summit

September 30 - Deadline to Complete the Census

 

 
 
 
 
 

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