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September 28, 2018



University of Illinois Extension Community and Economic Development will host Katy Kraszewska, PhD., Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Layne Knoche, Landscape Design Contractor, Curry and Associates Engineers, Inc. for a live webinar, Public Places for the 21st Century: Using Green Space to Reach the Triple Bottom Line, at noon on Thursday, October 4, 2018. The webinar will cover how cities can incorporate basic ecological functions and resilient design practices for green infrastructure which are also visually appealing. We’ll examine successfully implemented urban greenspaces so that designers, planners, and city officials can see examples of how to increase livability and better serve their city's diverse needs. We’ll discuss the small-town business district streetscape redesign in Gillespie, Illinois to illustrate how green space and infrastructure can improve the aesthetic value, social value, environmental resiliency, and business prospects of a small community. Register for the free webinar HERE.



The US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey recently released one-year estimates for 2017, with new statistics on income, poverty, educational attainment, and other topics. Many large metropolitan areas saw an increase in income and a decrease in poverty rates between 2016 and 2017. The estimates are based on data collected from January 2017 through mid-September 2017, when the collection was suspended due to the impact of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. In the coming months, the Census Bureau will release additional ACS data, including 2017 ACS supplemental tables and five-year statistics. 2017 ACS 1-year estimates are available in American FactFinder and the API. 2017 ACS 1-year estimates are available for geographic areas with populations of 65,000 or more.



Research from Farms Under Threat: The State of America's Farmland shows that between 1992 and 2012 almost 31 million acres of agricultural land were irreversibly lost to development. That is nearly double the amount of conversion previously documented and is equivalent to losing most of Iowa or New York. This loss included almost 11 million acres of the best land for intensive food and crop production. This is land where the soils, micro-climates, growing seasons, and water availability combine to allow intensive production with the fewest environmental impacts. These precious and irreplaceable resources comprise less than 17% of the total land area in the continental United States. Their conversion was equivalent to losing most of California's Central Valley, an agricultural powerhouse.


The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host a workshop designed to help startups and individuals interested in pursuing entrepreneurship from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. October 4 at the Minority Business Development Center in Peoria. The following topics will be covered: Business Entity, Business Planning, Business Enterprise Program Certification for the State of Illinois, Importance of Credit, Advantage Illinois Loan Participation Program, and Access to Capital Panel Discussion. This is a free event but registration is required. Refreshments will be served. Register today!




September 27 (Webinar) - Municipal Approaches to Solar Energy (Part II)

September 30 (USDA Funding Deadline) - Rural Energy Savings Program

October 4 (Webinar) - Public Places for the 21st Century: Using Green Space to Reach the Triple Bottom Line

October 4 (Peoria) - MBDC-DCEO Workshop

October 11 (SEDAC) - Energy Code Workshop

November 1 (Webinar) - Illinois Geology: How Local Actions Impact Regional Waterways

December 6 (Webinar) - Stormwater 101: How to Address Local Flooding and Water Quality Issues