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October 9, 2020

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Since 1982, the Youth Garden Grant has supported school and youth educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life for students and their communities. Any nonprofit organization, public or private school, or youth program in the United States or US Territories planning a new garden program or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3 and 18 is eligible to apply. The selection of winners is based on demonstrated program impact and sustainability. Previous Youth Garden Grant winners who wish to reapply must wait one year after receiving the award and must prove that their garden programs have been significantly expanded. Applications are due December 18, 2020. Winners will be announced January 29, 2021.

 

 
 
 
 

According to the National Association of Counties (NACo), counties provide critical health information to residents, respond to public health emergencies and serve as the social safety net for low-income residents. Counties invested more than $163 billion on health and human services, the largest spending source in 2017. Among other duties, counties manage 911 call centers, deliver emergency medical care, provide law enforcement and operate jail facilities. Counties invested $107 billion of local resources in justice and public safety. Education was the third largest source of expenditures for counties. Investments in this category, including construction and maintenance of public school buildings and support of higher education institutions such as community colleges, totaled $103 billion. The role of counties in education varies in each state.

 

 
 
 
 

October is National Women's Small Business Month, which means it's time to celebrate women-owned businesses everywhere, as well as the outstanding progress female entrepreneurs have made over the years.  To celebrate, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will be hosting a series of webinars geared toward women owned business owners to learn how to use national resources through government and the private /public business sector to succeed amidst a pandemic. For information please contact Ibie Hart, Woman’s Business Development Manager: Ibie.Hart@illinois.gov To see the full list of virtual panel discussions in celebration of Women's Small Business Month, please visit the Illinois Office of Minority Economic Empowerment.

 

 

 
 
 
 

Illinois Extension and Richland County Development Corporation will host Workforce Investment Opportunity Areas and Offerings in Illinois on Thursday, October 22 at Noon CST. Jamie Corda Hadjaoui, Director of Workforce Investment at Local Workforce Innovation Area 23, will present a legislative summary and update of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), regional and local offerings, workforce investment areas, and resources. Participants can expect to get a general knowledge of WIOA services and partners and beneficiaries. This webinar will also will highlight the Local Workforce Innovation Area 23’s purpose, benefits, and goals as it pertains to WIOA. The program will open with remarks from Courtney Yockey, Executive Director of the Richland County Development Corporation. Register Here

 

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

October 12 - Creative Ways to Finance a Business

October 22 - Workforce Investment Opportunity Areas and Offerings in Illinois

October 29 - Budget Structures, Taxes, and Strategies (with findings from the Volcker Alliance State Budgeting Study)

 

 
 
 
 
 

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