Copy
Rural Partners Website
View this email in your browser
October 23, 2015
Real Estate Declines in Oil Fields
 
After struggling to house thousands of migrant roughnecks during the oil boom, North Dakota faces a new real-estate crisis: The frenzied drilling that made it No. 1 in personal-income growth and job creation for five consecutive years hasn’t lasted long enough to support the oil-fueled building explosion. Civic leaders and developers say many new units were already in the pipeline, and they anticipate another influx of workers when oil prices rise again. But for now, hundreds of dwellings approved during the heady days are rising, skeletons of wood and cement surrounded by rolling grasslands, with too few residents who can afford them. 

 
Traffic Jams in Perspective
China may have turned every driver’s worst nightmare into reality as hundreds of millions of people headed home at the end of a Golden Week, a week-long national holiday. Thousands of motorists found themselves stranded on Tuesday in what looks like a 50-lane parking lot on the G4 Beijing-Hong Kong-Macau Expressway, one of the country’s busiest roads. Though foggy weather may have played a role, the real culprit is a new checkpoint that forces traffic to merge from 50 lanes down to just 20, according to The People’s Daily. Traffic was reportedly backed up for hours.
 

 
Reduce Food Waste!
Americans currently waste one-third of our food supply each year—that’s 133 billion pounds that currently go to landfills, yielding the third largest source of methane in the US. Not only does this mean wasted money, time, and fuel invested in farming, harvesting, and transporting food that does nothing but harm the environment, but it is also a lost opportunity to use the food in productive ways, like creating energy, enriching farming, or feeding people in need. In 2013, USDA and EPA launched the U.S. Food Waste Challenge, creating a platform for leaders and organizations across the food chain to share best practices on ways to reduce, recover, and recycle food loss and waste. By the end of 2014, the U.S. Food Waste Challenge had over 4,000 active participants, well surpassing its initial goal of reaching 1,000 participants by 2020.
 
Share information about your community, businesses, and organizations through the Rural Partners newsletter! Add your voice to support issues important to Rural Illinois. 
Join Rural Partners!
Rural Partners is a member-driven forum that links individuals, businesses, organizations and communities with public and private resources to maximize the potential of rural Illinois.
Rural Partners welcomes your comments and feedback. If you have information to share with the
members of Rural Partners, send comments and/or press releases to info@ruralpartners.org
Statements of opinion in this newsletter are not necessarily endorsed by Rural Partners.