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October 30, 2015
Live Webinar
Local Government Strategies for Digital Government Webinar Series
Using Data and Analytics to Drive Government Innovation
November 19, 2015 | Noon – 1 p.m. | Presented By:  Dr. Jon Gant
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Local governments collect mountains of data from citizens and services. However, knowing how to best organize, manage, and extract insights from these large diverse data sets is a challenge.  Government organizations are mobilizing to explain and report on their operations, performance, services and decision making – both for internal employees and external constituents.  University of Illinois Extension offers this webinar, free of charge, to address:
  • utilizing data and vital components of data-driven government;
  • emerging trends all around the country that are digitizing information;
  • disseminating public data sets, and applying analytics to improve decision making.
This webinar is part of the Illinois Digital Innovation Leadership Program and is funded through the Office of the Provost and College of ACES Illinois Extension and Outreach Initiative.

Food Deserts
Understanding how access to supermarkets affects the healthfulness of food purchases may help policymakers determine the value of attracting supermarkets to underserved areas. USDA’s Economic Research Service conducted two large-scale studies to define low-food-access areas and to identify the population living in those areas. This report investigates the correlation between living in low-income, low-access (LILA) areas and the purchase of 14 major food groups in order to estimate the effect on diet quality of living in LILA areas. The researchers accounted for the prices consumers face and their demographic characteristics.
Grant to Greater Peoria ED Council
The Greater Peoria Economic Development Council received a $200,000 two year grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) for the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMPC) plan to advance, support and sustain the Greater Peoria earthmoving manufacturing cluster and its supply chain. "This is the first of many federal awards we hope to receive in support of our manufacturing cluster strategies and initiatives," said Jennifer Daly, CEO for the Greater Peoria EDC. "Projects including our new Manufacturing Network, Economic Gardening Program, Business Attraction Campaign, Startup Peoria, CICESS Apprenticeship Program, and Critical Careers Campaign all center around developing a more diverse and resilient business and talent mix in Greater Peoria. We want to thank the EDA for their outstanding support and guidance."
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