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February 9, 2018



The U.S. Census Bureau provides a picture of county, state, and national data, including five-year estimates of population. The visual display also includes average household size, % of the population below poverty, % foreign born, % high school graduate or higher, mean travel to work in minutes, median age, median home value, median household income, and more.


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



According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, more than 530 million tons of construction and demolition waste, such as timber, concrete, and asphalt, end up in US landfills every year. Redhouse Studio in Cleveland, led by architect Christopher Maurer, developed a biological process to turn wood scraps and other kinds of construction waste such as sheathing, flooring, and organic insulation into a new, brick-like building material. Maurer wants to use the waste materials from the thousands of homes in Cleveland that have been demolished over the last decade or so as a source to create this new biomaterial. Now, the firm has launched a Kickstarter to transform an old shipping container into a mobile lab called the Biocycler, which Maurer and his team can drive to these demolished homes and begin the process of turning their waste into materials to build new walls.





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