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May 14, 2021

 

 
 
IACBM 
 

This week, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the launch of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, established by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, to provide $350 billion in emergency funding for eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments. University of Illinois Extension and Illinois Association of County Board Members will hold a webinar with a representative of the Government Finance Officers Association, on Monday, May 17 at 10AM.  American Rescue Plan Treasury Guidance will focus on the Treasury’s Interim Final Rule, which provides guidelines and principles for determining the types of programs and services that this funding can support, together with examples of allowable uses that recipients, specifically local governments, may consider. REGISTER HERE

 

 
 
 NCFR Stress Assistance Center
 

The North Central Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Center is collaborative to create and expand stress management and mental health resources and services for agricultural producers and stakeholders. The effort is led by University of Illinois Extension, and includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. In January, the American Farm Bureau Federation released a report showing that two-thirds of farmers and farmworkers say that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their mental health, with more impacts for people age 18-44 compared to those age 45 and older. They also found that most felt farmer mental health was impacted by financial issues, the state of the farming economy, farm or business problems, and future uncertainty. Availability, accessibility, cost, stigma, and embarrassment were all found to be barriers to seeking mental health services. The good news is that among those surveyed, three-quarters would be comfortable talking to a primary care doctor, therapist, or counselor about stress or mental health, and approximately 4 out of 5 rural adults surveyed said they would be comfortable talking with a friend or family member dealing with stress or mental health concerns. For more information, contact program directors Josie Rudolphi,  josier@illinois.edu or Courtney Cuthbertson,  cuthbert@illinois.edu.

 

 
 
Emergency Broadband Benefit 
 

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more. The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price. The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household. Eligible households can enroll through an approved provider or by visiting GetEmergencyBroadband.org.

 

 
 
 LGE Webinar Series
 

In 2018, 86 of the 102 counties in Illinois experienced population decline. In September, the 2020 census data will be available, and experts are saying that they expect the trend to continue, despite the pandemic perhaps having changed migration patterns, especially for younger adults able to work remotely. Almost every rural county in Illinois has experienced an outmigration of its youngest and brightest talent. On Wednesday, May 19, Illinois Extension’s Local Government Education program will host Community and Economic Development Extension Specialist Pam Schallhorn, who will present Reversing the Exodus: Strategies for Attracting & Retaining Young Adults in Rural Communities. This webinar will cover research-based strategies that communities can implement to help reverse these outmigration trends, as well as insights into how remote work may provide more opportunities for people to migrate back to rural communities.

 

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

May 17 - American Rescue Plan Treasury Guidance

May 19 - Reversing the Exodus: Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Young Adults to Rural (Rural Partners)

May 20 - Freedom of Information Act 

June 3 - Smart Growth for Rural Communities (Rural Partners)

June 18 or June 25 – Central Illinois Volunteerism Conference

 
 
 
 
 

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