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February 16, 2018



This year's open house for the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, Explore ACES, will be more hands-on and interactive than ever before. ALL AGES are welcome for a variety of activities on Friday, March 9th. On Saturday, March 10th, admitted students and any high school juniors are invited to spend the day getting to learn about their major or major of interest.


TIF in Illinois

Presented by: Tom Henderson, Executive Director at Illinois Tax Increment Association

Noon-1PM, Thursday, February 22, 2018

On Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Noon, UI Extension's Local Government Education program will host Tom Henderson, Executive Director at Illinois Tax Increment 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.

Tom is the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Illinois Tax Increment Association (ITIA). Prior to the ITIA, he was the statewide administrator of the Enterprise Zone, High Impact Business, and River Edge Redevelopment Zone Programs. He has experience giving technical assistance to those communities inquiring about the Tax Increment Finance Program at DCEO. Along with other memberships, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Enterprise Zone Association (IEZA) for over 20 years. He received the “1996 Economic Developer of the Year Award” by the IEZA and “The Distinguished Economic Developer Award” by IDC (now IEDA) in 2011. Register Here takes data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and maps the size of various metro economies (in millions USD). The larger the circle, the larger the economic output of that area. Compared to GDP figures from the World Bank, you can see how enormous the U.S. economy is compared to the rest of the world. The economic output of the New York metro area is almost as significant as the entire country of Canada. California alone sees more economic activity than Turkey, Finland, Nigeria and Greece—combined. You could fit the entire Argentinian economy inside the greater Chicago area. Obviously, the American economy packs a powerful punch.



As reported in Governing, Sunshine High School in Newbern, Alabama, closed two years ago. But the town’s 186 residents didn’t just lose a school, they lost a library -- the only one for miles around. Luckily, Newbern is home to Rural Studio, a design-build program within Auburn University’s School of Architecture. Following the principle that “everyone, both rich and poor, deserves the benefit of good design,” Rural Studio set out to build Newbern a new library. Students repurposed an old bank building donated by a local family, reusing many of the original materials. Wood that was part of the teller’s counter was made into the librarian’s desk, bricks from the vault are now part of a patio wall and the original vault door is on display in the front window. To date, the Rural Studio has built more than 170 projects in poor, underserved rural communities, including both a new fire station and town hall in Newbern.



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

March 7, 2018 - Rural Partners Annual Meeting, 12:30 - 1:00 p.m., Lincoln Room of the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, Springfield

June 27, 2018 - Central Illinois Volunteerism Conference