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October 5, 2018



The 2018 Mid-Term Elections:
Rural America’s Impact and Stake

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
11:30 AM-1:00 PM

Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation (MCLI) Room 2A
228 W Miller Street, Springfield, IL

The Rural Partners Board of Directors invites you to a presentation and discussion regarding the November elections and how their results impact rural areas in our state and across the country. Our speaker is John Jackson, SIU Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, and formerly the Chancellor of SIU’s Carbondale campus. Jackson edits the Simon Review series, and is a frequent contributor to local, state, and national media coverage of government and politics.

This event is open to Rural Partners members and others interested in learning more about Rural Partners. Space is limited and RSVPs are required. Lunch will be provided at 11:30 a.m., so please provide any food allergies/requests when submitting your RSVP.

Please RSVP to Janet Bascom by replying to this email or by phone: 217-529-6503.

10:00 a.m.       Rural Partners Board Meeting (all are welcome to attend)

11:30 a.m.       Lunch

12:00 p.m.      The 2018 Mid-Term Elections: Rural America’s Impact and Stake
                        John Jackson, PhD, SIUC Paul Simon Public Policy Institute

1:00 p.m.         Adjourn




Esri’s Disaster Response Program is working across 33 cities to help monitor how people are getting around after Hurricane Florence, from road closures to contraflow traffic to mandatory evacuation zones. During natural disasters, most residents rely on mobile phones, where Esri’s detailed but slow-loading ArcGIS Map can’t reach the people who need it the most. So Esri entered into a partnership with Waze, the Google-owned navigation software company, to prioritize direct communication with residents via real-time updates and push notifications. After a municipal government notifies Esri of a planned road closure, the team edits the map, with updates showing in Waze within 10 minutes. At the storm’s peak, Waze flagged the closure of more than 1,300 North Carolina roads, and hundreds of others in Virginia and South Carolina. Waze also collects unscheduled closures through its community of map editors—volunteers from all over the world who report traffic conditions and new neighborhood landmarks. The company dedicated 350 map editors specifically to Florence-related updates, in addition to coordinating with over 200 government agencies with its year-round Connected Citizens Program.



University of Illinois Extension Community and Economic Development will air a live webinar,  Illinois Geology: How Local Actions Impact Regional Waterways, on November 1, 2018, from Noon – 1:00 p.m. Steve Wilson, Groundwater Hydrologist and Program Director from the Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS), will address groundwater supply and quality, and describe tools for community care of water systems. Steve specializes in SDWA (Safe Drinking Water Act) and CWA (Clean Water Act) compliance in small water and wastewater systems. He has directed more than 40 research projects funded by local, state, and federal entities. He authored the ISWS Private Well Class and manages REGISTER NOW for this free webinar.



October 11 (SEDAC) - Energy Code Workshop

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

November 13 - Rural Partners Board Meeting and Discussion

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