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January 14, 2022

 

 
 
Census  
 

The U.S. Census Bureau’s Community Resilience Estimates (CRE) program released a new data product: CRE for Equity. The tool includes a new dashboard and data that helps users understand their communities’ social vulnerability and equity. The new dataset delivers information about residents (anyone who lives in a community) — such as their internet access and health insurance coverage, among others. The data provide context for the topics of social vulnerability and equity by providing data about different communities and how they compare to the national average. The CRE program provides data that cannot be replicated with aggregated publicly available data alone because it uses data about individuals and households from the American Community Survey (ACS) to help determine why a community is considered “at risk.” The CRE for Equity data tool guides users in the interpretation of the uncertainty ingrained in survey estimates. This is done by providing “flag variables” in the CRE for Equity that provide context and help users understand if individual statistics are higher or lower than the national average. For more information, see CRE for Equity.

 

 
 
  Corn Belt Ports
 

The Tri-State Ports in the Heart of the Corn Belt above Locks and Dam 26 (map below) saw continued growth and advancement in their national ranking. The annual report (using 2020 data) was released in November 2021 by the U.S. Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center that ranked waterborne tonnage for principal U.S. ports in all 50 states and U.S. territories. This year, the Corn Belt Ports together handled 38.3 million tons of freight, making them the equivalent of the 17th largest port in the United States (similar in size to the port of Baltimore, MD), and the collective equivalent of the largest inland port in the nation. This is a notable increase. Last year, the Corn Belt Ports for the first time in U.S. history were both listed and ranked on the annual Principal U.S. Ports List. Last year’s report showed that the Corn Belt Ports collectively handled 31.1 million tons of freight, ranked as the equivalent of the 22nd largest port in the United States, and were the collective equivalent of the fourth largest inland port in the nation. Read more on the annual report issued by the Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center.

 

 

 
 
2022 Rural Community Economic Development Conference  
 

The 2022 Rural Community Economic Development Conference will focus on repositioning rural communities for the future. Recent Census data show rural population declines but technology advances. Remote working opportunities, and preferences for living in nonmetro areas, suggest that the future for many rural communities can be bright. However, communities must reshape their workforces to take advantage of these trends, revitalize their downtowns, and provide a high quality of life to attract residents. This action-oriented, virtual conference will provide insights into steps communities can take to reshape their economies, implement advances in broadband and telehealth, and collaborate with regional centers. Innovative ideas such as community land banks and environmental resiliency will be discussed as well. The conference is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. via zoom February 23. Register here.

 

 
 
  LGE Webinar Series
 

Please join us for the annual Federal Legislative Update on Wednesday, January 19 at 11 AM CT, to learn about federal policy updates, in an annual session hosted by University of Illinois Extension and the National Association of Counties (NACo). NACo is a bi-partisan organization based in Washington D.C. which works to ensure county priorities are represented in federal legislation packages. Presenter Erin Hurley, Deputy Director of Government Affairs, Finance, Pensions and Intergovernmental Affairs at the National Association of Counties, will discuss implications of federal legislation for Illinois counties and local governments. Participants will have an opportunity to engage during a Q&A session at the end of the presentation.

 

 
 

January 19 - Federal Legislative Update (Webinar)

January 24 - Illinois State Legislative Update (Webinar)

February 23 - 33rd Annual Rural Community Economic Development Conference (Virtual)

February 23 - Rural Partners Annual Meeting of the Membership (Virtual)

 

 
 
 
 
 

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