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February 13, 2015
Local Food Grant Applications Assistance Workshops 
Interested in applying for federal funding to develop, improve, or expand a farmers market, community supported agriculture, other direct-to-consumer marketing outlet, or a local and regional food enterprise like a food hub, distributor, aggregator, processor, wholesaler, or shared-use kitchen? Learn how to develop and submit your federal grant application for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program at one of dozens of grant assistance workshops around the country.
The Greenest Region Compact: A Consensus Sustainability Plan for Municipalities – LGIEN Webinar Series on Climate Change
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 |Noon to 1 pm
Register online
This presentation will report on fundamental research to enable a strategic update the Greenest Region Compact by the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus. The Greenest Region Compact (GRC) is a simple pledge, taken by more than one third of all municipalities in the Chicago metropolitan region in 2007 to take action to improve the environment. 
The objective is to propose a framework for a new GRC that is modeled on existing municipal sustainability plans; incorporates successful programs, policies, and other indicators of environmental achievement by municipalities; and aligns with goals and strategies of regional, national and global significance.  The environmental achievements of 290 municipalities and more than 30 sustainability plans were analyzed providing unique insights into the environmental priorities of the region.  Input into the design of the new GRC is welcome.
Edith Makra is the Director of Environmental Initiatives for the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, where she focuses on environmental issues that can be addressed by local governments, yet have regional impact.  She also assist communities in taking steps towards sustainability by managing grants for energy efficiency and for urban forestry.  She has a B.S. in Forestry from the University of Illinois.”
The 2015 Rural Community
Economic Development Conference
Is Just 5 Weeks Away
The Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs will host the 26th Annual Economic Development Conference March 5-6, 2015, at the Marriott Pere Marquette Hotel in historic downtown Peoria, IL, in conjunction with the Governor's Rural Affairs Council and Rural Partners.

Please note that the 2015 event has been moved to begin Thursday and end Friday.
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