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May 7, 2021

 

 
 
#BikeThere 
 

May is Bike Month! Bike Month kicks off the National Bike Challenge on May 1st. The National Bike Challenge is a national community and workplace challenge designed to get everyone riding and encouraging others to ride. In this fun, friendly competition, individuals, businesses, and communities compete to see which can get the most friends, family and co-workers to ride a bike. The National Bike Challenge runs from May 1 through September. If you needed an added incentive (besides another excuse to ride your bike) there will be prizes! Visit Love to Ride to sign up and check out all the reasons to challenge yourself, your coworkers, or your community this Bike Month! Check here to learn more about the 2021 National Bike Challenge.

 

 
 
 Pollen Power
 

Registration is open for Pollen Power, a remote camp experience summer 2021. Campers will receive a t-shirt and materials for eight weeks of at-home experiments, crafts, and other science-themed activities. After the camp, participants will keep the materials they receive, including a microscope and bullet journal. The fee for the remote camp is $50; scholarships are available. Hosted by the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois, the camp will provide an opportunity for girls to learn about the science of plants and pollinators. Campers led by female graduate students will use provided microscopes, giving the campers first-hand experience in their own research environment with female mentors. The camp is designed for girls who are entering 6th, 7th or 8th grade in Fall 2021, and who have an interest in plants and the environment. All individuals are welcome to apply. Explore the online adventures of Persephone, our virtual camper! For more information contact Adrienne Gulley, Camp Coordinator, pollenpower@igb.illinois.edu, phone 217-300-6170.

 

 
 
Census2020 
 

The 2020 Census shows the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2020, was 331,449,281, which includes people living in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The resident population increased by 22,703,743 or 7.4% from 308,745,538 in 2010. The most populous state was California (39,538,223); the least populous was Wyoming (576,851). The state that gained the most numerically since the 2010 Census was Texas (up 3,999,944 to 29,145,505). The fastest-growing state since the 2010 Census was Utah (up 18.4% to 3,271,616). Puerto Rico's resident population was 3,285,874, down 11.8% from 3,725,789 in the 2010 Census. Secretary of Commerce Raimondo delivered to President Biden the population counts to be used for apportioning the seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. In accordance with Title 2 of the U.S. Code, a congressionally defined formula is applied to the apportionment population to distribute the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives among the states. Texas will gain two seats in the House of Representatives, five states will gain one seat each (Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina, and Oregon), seven states will lose one seat each (California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia), and the remaining states’ number of seats will not change based on the 2020 Census. 

 

 
 
 LGE Webinar Series
 

As baby-boomers retire and make up a large portion of small community constituencies, their needs and interests are of increasing relevance to local government and community leaders. The World Health Organization (WHO), in partnership with the AARP, has developed a set of guidelines and resources for communities seeking “Age-Friendly” status. This process involves organizing community stakeholders to evaluate, plan, and implement strategies to improve the lives of older adults in their community. University of Illinois Extension’s Local Government Education program and Rural Partners will host Creating Age-Friendly Communities on Wednesday, May 12 at Noon CT. During this session, Dr. Wendy Bartlo, Assistant Director for the Center on Health, Aging, and Disability at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will discuss how communities can become more livable for residents of all ages and highlight successful examples of Age-Friendly community initiatives. See the registration page for more information on Dr. Bartlo and register for the webinar.

 

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

May 12 - Age-Friendly Communities (Rural Partners)

May 19 - Reversing the Exodus: Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Young Adults to Rural (Rural Partners)

May 20 - Freedom of Information Act 

June 3 - Smart Growth for Rural Communities (Rural Partners)

June 18 or June 25 – Central Illinois Volunteerism Conference

 
 
 
 
 

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