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November 9, 2018



While each U.S. state is unique in its cultural identity, the lay of the land determines which industries will thrive. Where some regions are ideal for agriculture, others have built a strong foundation of industry and research, and still others have established themselves as tourism hubs. Whatever industry has staked its claim in your state, it has a direct link to your state exports and local economy. The most profitable industry is not necessarily the biggest industry in each state. The following figures are based on the value of top-selling industry products in 2017, using Harmonized System (HS) codes and U.S. Census Bureau data. The top five: 1. Texas – Abundant oil supply helped the Lone Star State bring in more than $73 billion from mineral products last year; 2. Washington – Despite a 9% drop from the previous year, aerospace still pulled in $42 billion for Washington state in 2017; 3. California – Machinery and mechanical appliances lead the Golden State, to the tune of $27 billion; 4. New York – Diamonds are New York’s best friend, where the precious metals and stones industry earned more than $25 billion in export sales; and 5. Louisiana – Proximity to the Gulf of Mexico makes Louisiana a hub for mineral products, particularly oil. The industry raked in more than $23 billion in exports last year.



The 50th Anniversary of the Community Development Society & Annual International Conference will be July 14-17, 2019, in Columbia, Missouri. The theme for the 50th anniversary calls upon on the skills to reflect, collaborate, and then act to plant the seeds for the next 25 years, cultivating the future, as community development researchers, scholars, practitioners, and, perhaps most importantly as ambassadors of community development in life and in work. Call for Presentations is open, with the deadline for proposal submissions November 15, 2018.



The Art Institute of Chicago has opened up much of its digital archive to the public. Now, website users have unrestricted access to thousands of images — exactly 44,313, with more to be added — under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This move is part of the museum’s website redesign. What this means, according to the Art Institute, is that these images can be downloaded for free on the artwork’s pages. In addition, the Institute has also enhanced image viewing capabilities on object pages, allowing viewers to see the works in greater detail. The website states that this redesign will make work easier for researchers and art scholars as they use the collections search tool to find exactly what they’re looking for.



University of Illinois Extension’s Community and Economic Development team will host a free webinar on Thursday, December 6, at Noon, entitled Stormwater 101: How to Address Local Flooding and Water Quality Issues, presented by Amy Ando, PhD. (Agricultural and Consumer Economics at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) and Eliana Brown, Outreach Specialist (Illinois Water Resource Center). The webinar will cover pertinent information relevant to local officials in regards to storm water management policies and best practices.  REGISTER NOW



November 13 - Rural Partners Board Meeting and Discussion

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