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July 23, 2021

 

 
 
Heider 
 

For the seventh straight month, the Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index (RMI) remained above growth neutral, according to the monthly survey of bank CEOs in rural areas of a 10-state region dependent on agriculture and/or energy. The overall index for June fell to a still strong 70.0 from May’s record high of 78.8. The index ranges between 0 and 100, with 50.0 representing growth neutral. Approximately 46.7% of bank CEOs reported that their local economy expanded between May and June. “Strong grain prices, the Federal Reserve’s record-low interest rates, and growing exports have underpinned the Rural Mainstreet Economy. Even so, current rural economic activity remains below pre-pandemic levels,” said Ernie Goss, PhD, Jack A. MacAllister Chair in Regional Economics at Creighton University's Heider College of Business. However, several bankers raised concerns. Steve Simon, CEO of South Story Bank and Trust in Huxley, Iowa, reported, “Continued dry conditions will start to have an effect on markets and crops soon.” Bankers were asked to name the greatest threat to 2021-22 bank operations. Approximately one-fourth identified a downturn in farm income, and an equal one-in-four named rising government regulation as the greatest threats.

 

 
 
 Urban Land Institute
 

The Urban Land Institute published a report, Five Characteristics of High-Quality Parks, to describe the characteristics of successful parks. What makes one park a success and another a disappointment, and how can that difference be remedied? The answers can be found by defining and measuring park quality at the site and system scales. Across the country, cities as well as parks and recreation departments are seeking to articulate what “high quality” means, particularly as it relates to the goal of the 10 Minute Walk movement to ensure that all people live within a 10-minute walk of a high-quality park or green space. Based on interviews with parks professionals and other experts from around the country, this report presents a framework for park quality that can help all park developers and managers systematically assess quality, park by park and systemwide, to make investments and address longstanding disparities in access to high-quality parks.

 

 
 
Volunteer Service Awards 
 

The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service presents the Governor's Volunteer Service Awards to highlight the importance of volunteerism and community service in the State of Illinois. The categories are: Adult (19-54 years old), AmeriCorps Member (member of an Illinois AmeriCorps national service program), Business (a for-profit company), Senior (55 years old plus), AmeriCorps Seniors Members (55 years old plus that are members of the national service programs Foster Grandparent Program, Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Senior Companion Program, Youth (18 years old or younger), and COVID-19 Medical Volunteer (special recognition for 2021). Each category will have a winner in each of the Commission’s five service regions across the state (Northeast, Northwest, East Central, West Central and Southern Illinois). Thus, there are a total of 40 awards possible throughout the state! A panel of judges from across the state, comprised of Governor-appointed Commissioners, former awardees and Illinois leaders, will select the award recipients. Nominations close July 31, 2021. Submit a complete application form electronically via this link.

 

 
 
 LGE Webinar Series
 

Illinois lawmakers passed an Omnibus Election bill this spring which was signed into law by Governor Pritzker on June 17. Public Act 102-0015 makes major changes to the state's election code to strengthen cybersecurity measures, cope with delays to 2020 U.S. Census data, and further expand access to the ballot box for Illinoisans across the state. Join Illinois Extension, the Illinois Association of County Board Members, and Illinois Association of County Clerks and Recorders on Wednesday, August 4, at Noon CT, for Understanding Illinois' Omnibus Election Reform Law, an in-depth review of the Election Code changes contained in the new law and its impact on county government election cycles and processes.

 

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

July 27 - Developing Broadband Leadership (Part 4): Moving a Broadband Project Forward

July 29 - Geothermal in Illinois: Overview and Technology

August 3 - Developing Broadband Leadership (Part 5): Broadband Adoption and Affordability: Ensuring Broadband for Everyone

August 4 - Understanding Illinois' Omnibus Election Reform Law

August 9-12 - Midwest Community Development Institute (CDI)

August 10 - Geothermal Illinois: Campus Geothermal Capital Improvement Features and Research Projects

August 12 - Geothermal Illinois: Community Case Examples

August 17 - Broadband Adoption and Affordability: Ensuring Broadband for Everyone

 
 
 
 
 

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