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August 9, 2019

 

 
 

On September 26 at Noon CST, the University of Illinois Extension Local Government Education webinar will feature Steven Groner, Community and Economic Development Educator, who will share insights and suggestions gained from advising small businesses in Handing Off Your Business: The Future of Your Business Without You. He will address succession planning in response to what has been termed “the silver tsunami” or the rapidly growing number of businesses with leaders approaching retirement. Steven focuses on good planning practices, the need to get succession strategies underway, and ways to alleviate some of the complexity and stress of planning and transition.

 

 
 

Interested in contributing to bee research at the University of Illinois? Take a picture, upload, and BeeSpotter will identify it for you. In turn, they will get bee distributions information from all over the state from Citizen Scientists like you. BeeSpotter is a partnership between citizen-scientists and the professional science community designed to educate the public about pollinators by engaging them in a data collection effort of importance to the nation. It is a web-based portal at the University of Illinois for learning about honey bees and bumble bees and for contributing data to a nationwide effort to collect baseline information on population status of these insects.

 

 
 

Every individual contributes to the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change, otherwise known as our carbon footprint.  The Nature Conservancy as a carbon footprint calculator that individuals can use to calculate their own or their households’ impact on our climate, as well as find ways to reduce their footprint. By looking at choices on travel, food, what we buy, or what we dispose of, we can see the translated impact in tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, and explore what actions we can take to contribute to a more stable climate in the future.

 

 
 

Disconnected: Seven Lessons on Fixing the Digital Divide is a new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City that focuses on broadband access, economic impact and solutions for communities to narrow the digital divide. The digital divide refers to the gap between those with and without access to affordable, reliable broadband and the skills and equipment to utilize it. Today, many parts of the U.S. are left without broadband. Just 53% of adults with incomes less than $30,000 have broadband at home. Nearly 68% of people without broadband at home live in rural communities. Based on national data, interviews, surveys and roundtables, Disconnected illustrates that the digital divide affects every aspect of community and economic development and that digital access should capture the attention of every community leader.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

August 9 (Nomination Deadline) - Community Stars

August 20 (Springfield) - Rural Partners 30th Anniversary Celebration

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

September 12 (Webinar) - Community Supported Enterprises to Address Shrinking Markets in Rural Areas

September 26 (LGE Webinar) - Handing Off Your Business: The Future of Your Business Without You

October 24-25 (Dubuque) - Growing Sustainable Communities Conference