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March 15, 2019



University of Illinois Extension’s next Local Government Education webinar, Supporting Communities Before and After Disasters: EDEN and IPWMAN, which airs on Thursday, April 4th at Noon (CST), will be presented by Carrie McKillip, Chair-Elect of Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) and University of Illinois Extension Community and Economic Development Educator, and Ed Markison, President of Illinois Public Works Mutual Aid Network (IPWMAN) and McHenry County Maintenance Superintendent.  They will review the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN), nonprofit Illinois Public Works Mutual Aid Network (IPWMAN), and how these organizations help communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters. McKillip and Markison will discuss information that community leaders need to know, how to access resources and information, and the benefits of IPWMAN membership.



The Census Bureau is working to fill thousands of positions nationwide to work on an important preliminary operation for the 2020 Census. Known as In-Field Address Canvassing, this is the process of having field staff visit specific geographic areas to identify every place where people live or could live. The staff then compare what they see on the ground to the existing census address list. They verify, correct, or add address and location information. As of March 4, more than 170,000 recruits had already completed job applications to qualify for temporary census jobs and more than 800 had been hired. More will be hired through the year for jobs in the spring and summer of 2020. That’s when census workers knock on doors to interview people who don’t respond to the census. Learn more about how to apply.



University of Illinois Extension is calling all lovers of bees, butterflies, and other pollinators that keep our crops and gardens growing to join scientists in tracking their distribution and habitat use across the state, from the comfort of your home, school, or community garden. I-Pollinate is a citizen-science research initiative through the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, designed to collect state-wide pollinator data. Volunteers can join up to three research projects and collect data on monarch butterfly egg and caterpillar abundance, pollinator visitation to ornamental flowers, and state bee distributions. David Zaya, a plant ecologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey, is leading the monarch butterfly portion of the project. Zaya has been involved in state efforts to help the monarchs as they are considered for listing under the Endangered Species Act.



Apply to be a REDI Community!
USDA RD and partners, known as Cooperators, are accepting applications for free technical assistance to implement economic development planning projects. RD’s Rural Economic Development Innovation (REDI) initiative is partnering to provide assistance with these Cooperators: National Association of Counties; Rural Community Assistance Partnership; McClure Engineering Company; and Purdue University Extension/ Community & Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky. Assistance for communities with a population of 50,000 or fewer to support in the creation of economic development plans. Download an application or request one by contacting Instructional Webinar. Application Deadline: April 5, 2019.



March 21-22 - 2019 Emerging Contaminants in the Environment Conference

May 16 (Belleville) - Southern Illinois Volunteerism Conference

April 4 (LGE Webinar) - After the Disaster: A Guide to Post-Disaster Funding Streams and Community Best Practices

June 5 (Springfield) - Central Illinois Volunteerism Conference

July 14-17 (Columbia, MO) - Community Development Society Annual Conference

August 12-15 (Moline) - Midwest Community Development Institute