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November 19, 2021

 

 
 
CURES  
 

Officials from Illinois communities are invited to join the first Community Project Lab at the University of Illinois Springfield on Thursday, December 2, 2021. The Community Project Lab will bring sustainable solutions—from grant-writing and planning assistance to technological innovations and assessment tools—to small Illinois communities. Participants will build partnerships, network, and learn in a one-day intensive workshop. The project lab will focus on water systems (stormwater, wastewater, drinking water) and energy systems (both efficiency and the transition to renewables). These topics were requested by communities across the state. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP here. If you have questions, contact curescenter@uillinois.edu and see 2021 CURES Community Project Lab. A limited number of travel scholarships are available.

 

 
 
  Ameren
 

Become a Program Ally with the Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency Program. If you're a contractor, you can help your customers receive monetary incentives to complete energy efficiency projects. The Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency program can provide incentives and support for a wide range of energy-saving projects including lighting, HVAC, specialty equipment, custom projects, and more. As a Program Ally, you will receive program communication and updates, gain access to the Program Ally Portal with helpful resources and applications, and you may also be eligible for Program Ally bonuses. Visit the Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency Program website for more information.

 

 
 
Discover Local  
 

The Illinois Office of Tourism announced 28 new small businesses, or ‘Makers’ as part of the Illinois Made program. The program recognizes each business as a hidden gem for locals and visitors to discover, offering unique products and experiences all around the state. From vegan dessert makers, alpaca and hemp farmers, and a Chicago candlemaker with a mission to provide young moms with critical job training skills - each of the small businesses featured help make Illinois a one-of-a-kind destination for visitors. The Illinois Made program, launched in 2016, inspires residents and visitors to discover the people, products and authentic experiences created by one-of-a-kind small businesses found in every region of the state. The Illinois Made program features over 200 Makers from across Illinois and drives foot traffic into local small businesses around the state. “Small businesses are the backbone of Illinois’ economy and offer food, products and experiences that make a visit to all regions of Illinois special,” said Sylvia I. Garcia, Acting Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), which includes the Illinois Office of Tourism. “We are excited to expand the Illinois Made program to include 28 additional small businesses that have unique made in Illinois products and highlight why folks should visit communities across our great state.”

 

 
 
  Rural Partners
 

Are you a Rural Partners member? We’d love for you to join! As a member, you can network with government agencies, utilities serving rural areas, rural healthcare organizations, financial institutions, private businesses, other rural community leaders and many critical resources. You can gain access to practical, ‘take it home and use it’ information, education and networking. Rural Partners membership represents the diverse population of rural Illinois. Members include local, state and federal governments and agencies; non-profit organizations; private businesses; and dynamic individuals. Due to the representative membership and non-partisan status, Rural Partners is viewed as a significant voice for rural residents in Illinois. Your voice needs to be included! Become a Rural Partners member!

 

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

November 19 - Illinois Office of Broadband: Application Processes, Planning, and Preparation (Pt 3)

November 30 - Illinois Demographic Trends (Rural Partners webinar)

December 2 - 2021 CURES Community Project Lab

December 3 - Illinois Office of Broadband: Application Processes, Planning, and Preparation (Pt 4)

 

 
 
 
 
 

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