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February 5, 2021

 

 
 
 
 

Matt Dunne, from the Center on Rural Innovation (CORI), will explain the five drivers of CORI’s economic development model and how to leverage these drivers to bring greater prosperity and economic opportunity to your town, when he speaks at the 32nd Annual Rural Community Economic Development Conference, February 24-25, 2021. The conference is offered in conjunction with the Governor's Rural Affairs Council and Rural Partners. To see the schedule, visit the conference page. Registration is $25 per person for both days. Matt Dunne is founder and executive director at the Center on Rural Innovation (CORI), an action tank dedicated to closing the opportunity gap in small town America. Matt shares how his organization supports rural communities, as they navigate challenges and build thriving digital economy ecosystems that support innovation, entrepreneurship, and local job creation.

 

 
 
 
 

Birds are everywhere, all the time, doing fascinating things. Join the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Audubon Society, and Birds Canada from February 12–15, 2021, to observe and count birds where you are. Participating is easy, fun to do alone, or with others, and can be done anywhere you find birds. Simply watch birds for 15 minutes or more, at least once over the four days, February 12-15, 2021, and report what you see. Pick the best tool to use for sharing your birds sightings: If you are new to the count, try using the Merlin Bird ID app. If you have participated in the count before, try eBird Mobile app or enter your bird list on the eBird website (desktop/laptop). If you are participating as a group, see instructions for Group Counting.

 

 
 
 
 

Financing a business is not always easy, and due to the restrictions on businesses during the pandemic, many business owners have seen their sales and profits decline. Sometimes traditional bank lenders are unwilling to extend credit while small businesses are seeing their cashflows shrink. Many start-ups lack the capital and credit criteria to initially borrow from traditional sources. In this online workshop, participants will learn about traditional and non-traditional business financing options, including some examples of how communities can get involved. “Finding creative ways to finance businesses has been my focus for several decades as both a commercial lender and an SBDC Director,” says Pam Schallhorn, regional Extension specialist and program presenter. “With many businesses shuttered and others struggling through the pandemic, understanding how to find capital becomes even more crucial.” This webinar is provided free of charge. It will be recorded, and the link provided to all who register. Register here.

 

 
 
 
 

Congress recently passed the Route 66 Centennial Commission Act, established to honor Route 66 on its centennial anniversary. “The Mother Road,” as it is often called, represents a significant moment in history that continues to define the nation’s identity: the rise of the automobile and its implications of freedom, mobility, and a uniquely American story. Route 66 was officially commissioned in 1926 as part of America’s first federal highway system, but the hodge-podge of routes and roads it comprised had existed long before mass-produced automobiles. The U.S. Congress commissioned a transcontinental railroad in 1853, which became a network of wagon trails crossing the country from east to west. In 1857, Lt. Edward Fitzgerald Beale created another route between New Mexico and California that thousands of migrants later used to travel to the Golden Coast.

 

 
 
 
 

On February 12, Local Government Education will host the second in a telehealth webinar series provided in cooperation with Rural PartnersPart 2: The COVID-19 Telehealth Sea Change and New Opportunities will define telehealth and examine its development and changes in healthcare during the pandemic. On February 17, Part 3: The Value of Telehealth to Rural Economies looks at research suggesting that access to care, or convenience, is a major determinant of demand. Presenters will address the questions: How significant is telemedicine as a model for healthcare provision in Illinois? Does preference for telemedicine differ between the metro and the nonmetro population? What is the societal value of telemedicine? Last week’s Part 1: SIU Medicine’s Telehealth Program and Experience covered how SIU Medicine’s “telehealth to the home” services have expanded and continues to work toward future demand. To find more information on the series (or register), go to https://go.illinois.edu/LGE.

 

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

February 12 - Rural Partners Telehealth Series (Part 2): The COVID-19 Telehealth Sea Change and New Opportunities

February 17 - Rural Partners Telehealth Series (Part 3): The Value of Telehealth to Rural Economies

February 19 - Governor's Hometown Award Application Due Date

February 24 & 25 - 32nd Annual Rural Community Economic Development Conference

February 25 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Local Education Policy Series (Part 1): Leading with Equity

March 2 - 2021 Annual Membership Meeting of Illinois Rural Partners

March 17 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Local Education Policy Series (Part 2): Equitable Employee Management Practices

 
 
 
 
 

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