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May 21, 2021

 

 
 
Alternative Fuels Corridor 
 

New signs will start appearing along interstate corridors, guiding motorists to charging stations for electric vehicles. The signs are part of a national effort to promote alternative fuels that will also spark economic activity in Illinois communities and follow Gov. JB Pritzker’s commitment to have 750,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2030. Nationwide, the Federal Highway Administration has designated 145,000 miles of interstate for promoting alternative fuels. In Illinois, Interstates 39, 55, 70, 74, 80, 90 and 94 were identified to take part. In the coming weeks, blue “Alternative Fuels Corridor” signs will be installed. More signs will be installed later on exit ramps, providing directional information to charging stations as well as nearby gas stations, restaurants, hotels and tourist attractions. The first signs will show electric charging locations, but additional signs will point out locations for compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, hydrogen and propane fueling stations.

 

 
 
 Data Gems
 

Do you know how to identify the tract, puma or block group where your organizations is located? In this Data Gem from the U.S. Census, you will learn how to use an address to identify all the geographic levels that include your location or organization. You can use any of these geographies to access data. Data Gems is a series of short videos available for data users who are looking for an easy and quick way to enhance their knowledge of Census data and concepts. If you have comments and ideas for future Data Gems, send an email to census.academy@census.gov.

 

 
 
 LGE Webinar Series
 

Well-intentioned programs may not achieve sustainable impact without proper understanding of local dynamics and community context in which programs are implemented. More often, there is an implicit assumption that evidence-based practices can be transferred or applied in different circumstances to resolve community issues, ignoring contextual realities. This is further complicated by the absence of intentional collaboration among services providers to maximize impact. With the impact of COVID-19 pandemic, the challenges facing communities are complex, requiring participatory and holistic approach to addresses root causes. This presentation will discuss poverty in Illinois and efficacy of various solutions. Using a case study of rural households participating in public assistant and Recovery Court programs, Joseph Malual, PhD., Community and Economic Development Specialist with the University of Illinois Extension, will present Promoting hope, health, healing: An innovative solution to unlock and address poverty in your community. The webinar is on Tuesday, May 25 at Noon CT. Joseph will discuss participatory and community-lead research and provide integrated framework and strategies to address roots causes and increases resilience among vulnerable populations. REGISTER HERE.

 

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

June 18 or June 25 – Central Illinois Volunteerism Conference

 
 
 
 
 

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