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October 1, 2021

 

 
 
MFG Day  
 

The first Friday in October is Manufacturing Day (MFD Day), with events that continue throughout the month in Illinois. MFG Day helps show the reality of modern manufacturing careers by encouraging thousands of companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to students, parents, teachers and community leaders. MFG Day empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive. MFG Day is an initiative of The Manufacturing Institute, with the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association as a founding partner. The Institute grows and supports the manufacturing industry’s skilled workers for the advancement of modern manufacturing. The Institute’s diverse initiatives support women, veterans, students and workers through skills training programs, community building and supporting the advancement of their career in manufacturing. As the workforce development and education partner of the National Association of Manufacturers, the Institute is a trusted adviser to manufacturers, equipping them with resources necessary to solve the industry’s toughest challenges.

 

 
 
  EPA
 

The Illinois EPA issued a call for proposals for nonpoint source pollution control projects. These include projects that address pollution caused by rainfall or snowmelt moving over and through the ground. As runoff moves, it picks up and carries away natural and human-made pollutants, depositing it into lakes, rivers, wetlands, and sometimes underground drinking water sources. Funding priority will be given to areas significantly impaired by nonpoint source runoff as identified in the Integrate Water Quality Report and Section 303d List and those that have approved watershed-based plans or related implementation plans. Funding may also be available for development or updates of watershed-based plans or implement best management practices, conduct information and outreach programs, or conduct water quality monitoring. Applications for funding are due November 19, 2021.

 

 
 
Naturalist News  
 

North America’s only native marsupial gets little respect and often scares homeowners who stumble upon this nocturnal visitor snacking below the birdfeeder, rummaging through unsealed garbage cans, or pacing in the window well waiting to be set free. But opossums are really misunderstood nature warriors. According to the Wildlife Medical Clinic of Illinois at the University of Illinois, the Virginia opossum kills nearly 95% of ticks that they encounter. It is estimated that a single opossum can eat 5,000 ticks each season (2019), which is useful, given the increasing incidence of tick-borne diseases. As if that weren’t enough to be positive about our possums, opossums do not contract rabies because their extremely low body temperature, 94°F to 97°F, is not high enough to support the virus. For more information, see the Naturalist News, a blog by University of Illinois Extension Master Naturalist staff and volunteers.

 

 
 
  LGE Webinar Series
 

As broadband expands, part of the challenge for rural communities will be understanding and adapting to the new working environment.  Adapting economic and workforce development strategies may look different for different communities considering existing amenities and resources.  Rethinking strategies will require understanding the trends in remote work, community amenities and the skills needed to compete effectively. 

Join University of Illinois community and economic development professionals at Noon CT on October 13 as we discuss: categories of remote workers, both pre and post pandemic trends, placemaking with an eye to the remote/digital worker, and workforce development needs.

See here for more information and to register.

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

 

 
 
 
 
 

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