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April 21, 2017

Early bird registration for the Midwest Community Development Institute is open. The program is organized into three years, each consisting of a four-day session. Year One focuses on the foundations of community development, including community development principles and practices, strategic visioning and planning. Year Two focuses on economic development, including the "nuts and bolts" of implementing specific economic development projects. Year Three focuses on putting it all together; how to coordinate community and economic development efforts for the best possible results. This year’s dates are August 7 through 10, in Moline, Illinois.

The map of average income from employment above, shows that about a quarter of counties saw average wages grow within 5% of the national average. The data comes from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) collected by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The dataset is based on administrative data reported quarterly to state agencies as part of unemployment insurance programs, and allows a look at trends in geographic areas as small as counties. Some surged, while others sputtered—or even slipped into decline.
Healthy soil is the key to feeing the world. “I no longer see debates about the future of agriculture as simply conventional versus organic. In my view, we’ve oversimplified the complexity of the land and underutilized the ingenuity of farmers. I now see adopting farming practices that build soil health as the key to a stable and resilient agriculture. And the farmers I visited had cracked this code, adapting no-till methods, cover cropping and complex rotations to their particular soil, environmental and socioeconomic conditions,” said David R. Montgomery, University of Washington, and MacArthur Fellow.

April 26 - Healthy Soil, Healthy Water Lobby Day, Springfield
April 28 - Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Project proposal deadline, 4 pm
May 31 - SEDAP application deadline
June 11-14 - Community Development Society Conference, Big Sky, MT
August 7-10 -  Midwest Community Development Institute, Moline IL
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