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September 17, 2021

 

 
 
Farm Safety  
 

The 2019 data for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the agricultural sector is still the most dangerous in America with 573 fatalities, or an equivalent of 23.1 deaths per 100,000 workers. Fall harvest time can be one of the busiest and most dangerous seasons of the year for the agriculture industry. For this reason, the third week of September has been recognized as National Farm Safety and Health Week. This annual promotion initiated by the National Safety Council has been proclaimed as such by each sitting U.S. President since Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944. National Farm Safety and Health Week is led by the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS), the agricultural partner of the National Safety Council.

 

 
 
  Back2Business
 

The Back to Business (B2B) grant program sets forth funding for businesses that have experienced losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The application is available online at www.illinois.gov/dceo. To be eligible, you must have revenues of $20 million or less in 2019, and a reduction in revenue in 2020 due to COVID-19. Grants are $5000 - $150,000 to cover operations/staff/overhead costs. To apply, you will need a copy of your business’s 2019 and 2020 federal tax returns, two business bank statements (one from the period March through December 2020, and your most recent statement), and business owner ID.

 

 
 
Climate and Equitable Jobs Act  
 

Over the past decade, coal power plants and mines have downsized and closed in Illinois. To help support Illinois’ coal communities and displaced workers, the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act was signed by Governor Pritzker on September 15, 2021. The legislation provides over $80 million per year for workforce and contractor development programs for the affected communities. This includes $40 million in grants to address social and economic impacts to communities where nuclear and fossil fuel generators and mines have closed or will close. Incentives to build solar farms and energy storage facilities on former coal generation sites will help communities retrofit this land and generate new revenue sources. A Displaced Energy Work Bill of Rights, workforce development hubs, and clean energy contractor incubators will be funded to help displaced workers retrain and obtain jobs in emerging fields. The legislation makes Illinois a leader in renewable energy production and electric vehicle transportation, while protecting consumers and workers and strengthening ethics requirements and oversight for public utilities.

 

 
 
  LGE Webinar Series
 

The Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development is dedicated to improving health and health care for the people living in the 66 counties of central and southern Illinois, whose unique landscape and geographic isolation present opportunities for innovative approaches to outreach, prevention, and treatment. Join us on Thursday, September 30 at Noon CT for Making Inroads into the Substance Use Disorder Crisis: Mobilizing New Approaches to Rural SUD Services, where SIU School of Medicine professionals will introduce the substance use disorder-related services provided to people in the most rural and medically underserved areas in Illinois. Discussion will include rural opioid prescriber training programs, the IL Prescription Monitoring Program Delta Counties Project, and the Substance Use Disorder Regional Leadership Center programs. See here for more information and to register.

 

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

September 17 - Illinois Office of Broadband Update (Pt 2): Programs

September 30 – Making Inroads into the Substance Use Disorder Crisis: Mobilizing New Approaches to Rural SUD Services

October 13 - Adapting to a New Remote Working Environment in Rural Illinois

 

 
 
 
 
 

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