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August 23, 2019

 

 
 

Join us at the SWANA (Solid Waste Association of North America) Land of Lincoln Chapter Fall Workshop, which will be revealing the hidden world of lithium-ion batteries! These small but sometimes dangerous items can now be found in everything from toys to earbuds. Due to their ubiquitous nature, the waste and recycling industry is grappling with managing the ongoing challenges of these batteries. Come hear from several prominent industry experts who will discuss the associated complications of the batteries within your waste stream and learn about some possible methods to minimize their impact. For full agenda and to register, click here.

 

 
 

Legally mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the census is an effort to count all people living on American soil for the primary purpose of apportioning political representation in the federal government. Census data are also used for drawing political boundaries for local, state and federal elections. Government agencies must use decennial census data, often coupled with data from the American Community Survey, to help determine government funding for rural development, infrastructure and health initiatives. Dr. John Green, Director of the University of Mississippi Center for Population Studies, is concerned about low census participation in rural areas. If many people don’t participate in the census, the data will be far less accurate. And rural people are less likely to take part. For instance, the rate of population loss in rural America has declined and even slightly reversed in recent years. However, there can be vast differences between regions. As noted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s John Cromartie and Dennis Vilorio, “People moving to rural areas tend to persistently favor more densely settled rural areas with attractive scenic qualities, or those near large cities. Fewer are moving to sparsely settled,  less scenic, and more remote locations, which compounds economic development challenges in those areas.” 2020 census data will help to improve demographers’ calculations of similar statistics to show rates and patterns of net migration. This information can be used to help leaders better understand and plan for population shifts.

 

 
 

Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs has concluded the 2019 Cream of the Crop Photo Contest. This photo, “Peaches, Peaches,” is by Caleb Price of Auburn, Illinois. The Treasurer invited youth from across the state, ages 8-18, to submit their most innovative, scenic snapshot that depicts their vision of agriculture in our state. The contest winners will make their mark in the Midwest as they will be featured on the new marketing material for the Ag Invest program, attend a reception with Treasurer Frerichs, plus many other prizes. Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Cream of the Crop contest! Their photos are featured on the Treasurer’s website.

 

 
 

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.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

September 26 (Glen Ellyn, IL) - SWANA (Solid Waste Association of North America) Land of Lincoln Chapter Fall Workshop (Charging Into the Future with Lithium Ion)

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

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