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University of Illinois Extension – Community and Economic Development (CED)
As local leaders make decisions on projects funded by local, state and federal grant dollars and identify infrastructure projects (water, sewer, lighting, streets and broadband needs for students, families, businesses, and first responders) accessing information becomes extremely important. The University of Illinois Extension Community and Economic Development (CED) Team developed a series of webinars that help local leaders stay current on a host of issues. Every month the CED team hosts webinars at noon where attendees can learn about the latest information available on the topic and ask questions of the speaker. All sessions are taped and made available on the Illinois Extension Community Economic Development YouTube channel.
Below is a partial listing of topics:
■ New Approaches to Rural Substance Use Disorder Services
■ Illinois Office of Broadband Programming and Resources
■ Corn Belt Ports
■ Geothermal Energy
■ A Housing Toolkit for Rural Illinois
■ TIF Tax Increment Financing for Small Business Development
■ SMART Growth for Rural Communities
■ Hope, Health and Healing: Addressing Poverty in your Community
■ ARPA American Rescue Plan Act
■ Creating Age Friendly Communities
■ Workforce Investment Opportunity Area
To access these webinars visit https://extension.illinois.edu/lge/recorded-webinars or to sign up for the upcoming program, Adapting to the New Working Environment scheduled for October 13 at noon visit https://extension.illinois.edu/lge/upcoming-webinars.
In addition to the knowledge local leaders gather from the community by speaking with residents, visiting businesses, serving on planning committees for workforce, economic development and health boards, local leaders can reach out to their local University of Illinois Extension office and request support for planning and educational resources on a topic of concern within their community.
For more information, contact Jennifer Russell, (firstname.lastname@example.org) community and economic development educator, covering Calhoun, Jersey, Greene, Morgan, Scott and Cass counties.