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June 1, 2018



The Opioid Crisis Next Door conference is June 27 in Springfield. This workshop will address: 1) coalition-building and community efforts to prevent and treat substance use disorders, and 2) new opioid prescription guidelines, treatment options, and the use of Medication-Assisted Treatment as part of recovery. INTENDED AUDIENCE: Medical practitioners, healthcare providers, local coalitions, and other rural community stakeholders focused on combatting opioid misuse, heroin use, and substance use disorders. COST: $40.  ONLINE REGISTRATION: If you have difficulty with the online registration, contact Kathy Fauble, ICAHN Professional Education Services Director, or Liz Swanson, Assistant Director, at or or 217.223.0452. Deadline to register is Friday, June 22, 2018. Registrations and payment by credit card options are available online at



Creating Age-Friendly Communities & Case Study: Preventing Senior Bullying

Join us for a free webinar, Age-Friendly Initiatives: Making Communities Livable for All Ages, on Thursday, June 14, 2018, from Noon to 1PM., where our speakers give us insight on: (1) how communities can prepare for more older adults, and (2) socio-emotional aspects of age-friendly communities, including the signs of senior bullying. Our presenters include: Wendy Bartlo, PhD. Outreach Specialist for the Center on Health, Aging, and Disability at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Chelsey Byers Gerstenecker, Family Life Educator for University of Illinois Extension, serving Champaign, Ford, Iroquois and Vermilion Counties; and Karla Belzer, Family Life Educator serving Carroll, Lee, and Whiteside Counties. There is no cost to attend the webinar; however, REGISTRATION is required. Register online or contact Nancy Ouedraogo at for more information.



The retail market is going through changes, according to Brandon Svec, a market economist for the real estate group, CoStar. More people are shopping online instead of at brick-and-mortar stores. When they are buying in-person, it's usually at smaller locations. Retail chains are not looking for the 20,000-square foot plus commercial space that were once springing up all over the place. "Because we simply still have way too much retail for what we need from a buying perspective in these smaller communities, you're going to need to get a little creative as to what is going to best serve that local community," Svec said. Now that those stores are leaving smaller and mid-sized cities, it's going to be difficult to get another retailer to move into the same buildings. "At what point in time do we realize the retail party is over and how quickly do we readjust?" he asked. Readjusting could mean cutting the buildings up into smaller storefronts, bringing back some of the lost sales and real estate tax revenue. But that can be costly because most of the big box stores were designed for just one tenant. Readjusting could also mean coming up with a completely different use. There are examples of department stores becoming entertainment centers, with mini-golf or trampolines, or self-storage facilities. Others stores have been converted to churches or used for government offices.



Guidelines for 2019 Our Town funding are available. These grants support place-based and knowledge building projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities. Successful projects lay groundwork for systemic change in communities. Applications are due August 9 (one month earlier than last year). Funding is available on July 1, 2019. Two webinars will be hosted to offer support for the application process: How to Apply - June 20: presentation on the FY 2019 Our Town grant guidelines, how to apply, and an overview of the review process. Tips and Tricks for Success - June 27: presentation to assist applicants in crafting a compelling creative placemaking project application.




June 14, 2018 (Webinar) - Age-Friendly Communities and Senior Bullying

June 27, 2018 - Opioid Crisis Next Door (Workshop)

June 27, 2018 - Central Illinois Volunteerism Conference

July 22-25, 2018: Community Development Society Annual Conference

August 6-9, 2018: Midwest Community Development Institute