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January 19, 2018



Local Government Education - Enterprise Zones

*Free Webinar*

Enterprise Zones

Presented by: Ben Wilson, Director of Economic Development, Village of Matteson, IL;

Noon-1PM, Thursday, February 15, 2018

On Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Noon, UI Extension's Local Government Education program will host Ben Wilson, Director of Economic Development at the Village of Matteson, IL; member of their Enterprise Zone Board and the Illinois Enterprise Zone Association. This webinar will educate local officials and economic development professionals on knowledge of code and how it pertains to communities and initiatives in Illinois. REGISTER HERE



Do the purchasing decisions of Millennial households, headed by those born after 1980, differ significantly from the rest of the population? Evidence from a study by the Economic Research Service of USDA shows that Millennials exhibit a higher preference for convenience than do other generational cohorts when making food-at-home purchases, with the largest budget shares going to food categories dominated by ready-to-eat foods. Millennials spend less money, overall, on food at home and make fewer trips to the grocery store. These findings differ slightly for low-income Millennials and for Millennials who were of working age during the Great Recession (December 2007-June 2009). This latter group demonstrates whether the recession may have fundamentally altered Millennial shopping behavior through its negative impact on employment and earnings.



According to the US Census Bureau and reported in NewGeography, Texas added the most new residents of any state over the past year. Texas grew by 400,000 residents; Florida added 328,000 residents; and four states grew between 100,000 to 125,000, led by Washington, North Carolina, Georgia and Arizona. Colorado and Tennessee round out the top 10. The ten states adding the most new residents include five from the South census region and five from the West census region. In terms of total population, Illinois lost the fifth-largest position to Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania's ascendancy reverses a development in the 1950s, when Illinois passed Pennsylvania to become the third largest state. Less than a decade earlier, Pennsylvania had been passed by California, relinquishing its second ranking, which it had held since the 1810 census. Later, Illinois had been passed in the 1970s by Texas and in the following decade by Florida. 



LED streetlights have been around for a while, but the communities that have converted from older technologies are discovering benefits beyond saving on energy and maintenance. In Anchorage, Alaska, in late December, daylight lasts for less than five hours and the city’s streetlights put in extra duty. In 2017, Anchorage replaced close to 4,000 high-pressure sodium (HPS) streetlights with light emitting diode (LED) fixtures on a wireless, networked control system. Gary Agron, division manager of engineering at Municipal Light & Power (ML&P) in Anchorage, said when someone reported that a light had burned out, staff had to go through GIS records to figure out who owned the light – not an easy task when there are at least 11 possibilities, including the city’s park, transit, and street maintenance departments, as well as state agencies, two adjacent utilities, the Alaska Railroad, and others. Only then could the appropriate agency be dispatched to repair the light. Now, not only can Agron tell you how many lights ML&P owns, but with a few clicks of a mouse or taps on a mobile device, he can tell you exactly where each light is located, which agency is responsible for it, whether it’s on or off, its intensity, how much energy it’s consuming and the fixture’s “health status.” And, operators can control individual lights or selected groups of fixtures within seconds.



February 15, 2018 - Enterprise Zone webinar, Noon

February 21-22, 2018 - Illinois Governor's Conference on Affordable Housing

February 22, 2018 - TIF webinar, Noon

March 7-8, 2018 - IIRA Rural Community Economic Development Conference