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October 25, 2019

 

 
 

Rural Partners invites all Rural Partners members and their guests to a discussion centered on the high stakes and critical importance of the 2020 Census. The event includes lunch and a 2020 Census Discussion with speakers Anita Banerji of Forefront and Caryl Riley from the U.S. Census Bureau. Join us from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12 at the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation (MCLI), Room 2B, 228 W Miller Street, Springfield. Please RSVP, since lunch will be provided: info@ruralpartners.org If you have special dietary needs, please let us know when you RSVP. Please join us! And bring a friend!

 

 
 

An estimated 40 million Americans—including 12.5 million children—struggle with food insecurity, meaning they can’t afford an adequate diet. Federal nutrition programs and charitable meals are the first line of defense, but solving this challenge will require communities to go beyond food to disrupt the root causes of economic distress. The dashboard map provides data about county level food insecurity and related risk factors, identifies cross-cutting opportunities for intervention, and groups counties by shared challenges. The dashboard contains food insecurity estimates by Feeding America as well as estimates from summary tables of the US Census Bureau’s decennial census and the American Community Survey; and information derived from a random sample of deidentified, consumer-level records from a major credit bureau. Additional data were drawn from various sources including several metrics compiled by and downloaded from the County Health Rankings.

 

 
 

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), and we all have a part to play to help reduce our cybersecurity risks and help make the Internet – and our digital identities and devices – more secure for everyone. Since its original inception under leadership from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), NCSAM has grown exponentially, reaching consumers, small and medium-sized businesses, corporations, educational institutions and young people across the nation. Now in its 16th year, NCSAM continues to build momentum and impact co-led by NCSA and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA). “Own IT” (one of the NCSAM themes this year) increases educational outreach via blogs, social media, and newsletters.

 

 
 

Please join us on Thursday, November 14, at Noon CST for Minimum Wage in Illinois, presented by Dr. Robert Bruno and Frank Manzo IV. Dr. Bruno is Director of the Labor Studies Program, Professor of Labor and Employment, and Director of the Project for Middle Class Renewal in the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Frank Manzo IV, is the Policy Director of the Midwest Economic Policy Institute (MEPI). Professor Bruno has given expert testimony to the US House Committee on Education and the Workforce, as well as the Illinois House and Senate Committees on Labor and Commerce. Our presenters co-authored Raising the Minimum Wage: What $10, $13, or $15 Per Hour Would Mean for Illinois. During the webinar, they will cover relevant public sector workplace practices and labor and employment policy implications regarding raising the minimum wage in Illinois. REGISTER HERE

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

November 12 (Springfield, IL) - Rural Partners lunch and information session addressing the 2020 Census; Noon to 2 p.m. For more information, contact Rural Partners at info@ruralpartners.org

November 14 (LGE Webinar) - Minimum Wage in Illinois

November 21 (LGE Webinar) - Ready to Diversify: Lessons Learned from Coal Communities Across the Country

December 2 (Deadline) - Food Animal Concerns Trust Grant

December 12 (LGE Webinar) - Economic Impact of Plant/Mine Closures & Making the Case for Solar/Wind