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October 8, 2021

 

 
 
Ameren  
 

REGISTER NOW for the October 20, 2021 Ameren Illinois Virtual Business Symposium. This virtual event will be your one-stop-shop for your energy efficiency needs!  You will be the first to learn about our newest Energy Efficiency Program offerings and cash incentives and receive a bonus coupon potentially worth thousands in additional incentive dollars!  All while virtually interacting with Program Staff and Program Allies who can answer your energy efficiency questions.

 

 
 
  Census
 

There has been continued debate about the best way to measure income and poverty in the United States since the first official U.S. poverty statistics were published in the mid-1960s. The U.S. Census Bureau measures poverty two ways every year. The first, called the official poverty measure, is based on cash resources. The second measure, the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM), includes both cash and noncash benefits and subtracts necessary expenses (such as taxes and medical expenses). The official poverty measure was developed in the mid-1960s, and it has remained mostly unchanged since then. In contrast, the SPM was designed to improve as new data, methods, and further research become available. See this blog for a discussion of the development of the SPM as well as a contrast of the two measures.

 

 
 
Good Growing  
 

There is one final use of an ash tree struck down by Emerald ash borer (EAB), a non-native insect that attacks healthy ash trees. According to University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator Chris Enroth, dead and dying ash trees can be chipped to use as mulch in your landscape. Will using ash tree woodchips spread EAB? Enroth reports that EAB is pretty much everywhere in the western region of the state, so that is not much of a concern, especially if you recycle the tree back into your yard. Plus, most wood chippers chop up the material so small (less than 2-inch diameter) that EAB cannot survive. Woodchips are low cost, and provide much of the same benefits as other types of mulch. Woodchips are coarser in texture than shredded cypress mulch, but the woodchip size and shape are also a benefit. Woodchips do not mat down and create a “shell” like most shredded wood mulches. This allows more air and water to pass through, which improves soil health. For more information, subscribe to Enroth’s Good Growing posts.

 

 
 
  LGE Webinar Series
 

As broadband expands, part of the challenge for rural communities will be understanding and adapting to the new working environment.  Adapting economic and workforce development strategies may look different for different communities considering existing amenities and resources.  Rethinking strategies will require understanding the trends in remote work, community amenities and the skills needed to compete effectively. 

Join University of Illinois community and economic development professionals at Noon CT on October 13 as we discuss: categories of remote workers, both pre and post pandemic trends, placemaking with an eye to the remote/digital worker, and workforce development needs.

See here for more information and to register.

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

October 13 - Adapting to a New Remote Working Environment in Rural Illinois

October 20 - Ameren Illinois Virtual Business Symposium

 
 
 
 
 

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