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February 2, 2018



The Rural Partners Annual Meeting will be 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. March 7 in the Lincoln Room at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, Springfield, during the 29th Annual Rural Community and Economic Development Conference. For those members who wish to attend the conference luncheon, at noon, but not the entire conference, please email Sandy Wittig at Lunch will be $30 if you are not attending the conference.





Local Government Education - Enterprise Zones

*Free Webinar*

Enterprise Zones

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

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



The Rural Health Research Gateway reports on a study of opioid use among rural and urban residents. While there has been little to no variation in the overall prevalence of opioid use disorder (OUD) between rural and urban populations, particular groups of rural residents have reported greater use in the past year. In the past year, 8% of all rural residents ages 12-19 and 9.5% of those 20-29 used opioids. Among those who had used, rural were more likely than urban to be uninsured, low income, in poor health, and between ages 12-19.





Solar energy is a local developable resource, just as if the community had oil, gas, or coal energy reserves. Energy “reserves” is a familiar term that communicates the strategic and economic value, job creation potential, and investment opportunities that solar development represents for communities. Understanding solar energy as an economic and strategic resource similar to other development resources allows local governments to create pro-development policy and capture local economic benefit. When coupled with other energy data, such as the total electric energy used by the community, the solar reserve assessments emphasize the development value of solar energy and create benchmarks for setting development goals. 



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

June 27, 2018 - Central Illinois Volunteerism Conference