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November 8, 2019

 

 
 

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards range from $150,000 to $1+ million for technology and innovation research. This workshop will cover who is eligible for SBIR funding and the basics for a good application. Participants will also learn about SBIR’s funding phases and agency specific grant application tips. A complete list of topics is available on the workshop/webinar agenda. The workshop will be Monday, November 18 from 8:30 a.m. until noon at SIUC’s Dunn Richmond Economic Development Center, and will be live streamed at four locations and for individual viewing. Participants who attend the workshop at SIUC can meet with Roland Garton to discuss their proposal ideas on the afternoon of the workshop. Participants who attend one of the hosted webinars will have an opportunity to schedule a teleconference with Roland Garton. Those calls will take place on Wednesday, November 20. Individual sessions will not be offered for online viewing participants. To attend, you must register.

 

 
 

How does your community respond when local businesses need help getting started or staying open? For some rural communities, Community Supported Enterprises (CSE) — or local residents and organizations investing in businesses — help offer a solution. CSEs involve local people or groups motivated by a social purpose in the community — to provide access to services with significant community investment and engagement. Join the webinar discussion Friday, November 15, 9-10 a.m. to learn about examples of CSEs across the nation and in rural New England, featuring research by Norman Walzer, senior research scholar for Northern Illinois University's Center for Governmental Studies.

 

 
 

A research team led by Professor Megan Konar at the University of Illinois developed the first high-resolution map of the U.S. food supply chain. The map depicts the flow of food between counties in the U.S. – grains, fruits and vegetables, animal feed, and processed food items. The team used information from eight databases, including the Freight Analysis Framework from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which tracks where items are shipped around the country, and Port Trade data from the U.S. Census Bureau, which shows the international ports through which goods are traded. Residents of any county can see how they are connected to all other counties in the country via food transfers. Overall, there are 9.5 million links between counties on the map. All Americans, from urban to rural, are connected through the food system. Consumers all rely on distant producers; agricultural processing plants; food storage like grain silos and grocery stores; and food transportation systems. For example, the map shows how a shipment of corn starts at a farm in Illinois, travels to a grain elevator in Iowa before heading to a feedlot in Kansas, and then travels in animal products being sent to grocery stores in Chicago.

 

 
 

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 15 (Webinar) - Community Supported Enterprises

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

November 20 (Carbondale) - Small Business Innovation Research Workshop

November 25 (Springfield) - Introduction to Industrial Hemp (Extension Workshop)

December 2 (Deadline) - Food Animal Concerns Trust Grant

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