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July 24, 2015
Startup in a Day
The Startup in a Day initiative challenges cities to develop, implement, and streamline online tools that will let entrepreneurs learn about the business startup process in their area, including how to register and apply for all required local licenses and permits – all in one day or less. To read the full pledge and see a list of cities that have made the commitment, go to
For information on how your city can take the pledge, email

Illinois Agri-Tourism Workshop
August 1-2
Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery, Champaign

Agri-tourism offers farmers the opportunity to bring the public onto their farms and tell the story of their products. At the same time, it can be a powerful, untapped revenue stream, but there are many barriers to success that can be difficult to overcome. The Land Connection will host an intensive workshop on agri-tourism from August 1-2 at Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery in Champaign, which was named an Illinois Agriculture Agri-Tourism Leader for 2013. Register online here.

Farmington Central School District Installs Solar Array
Farmington Central Schools unveiled an $1.8 million project which includes 2,520 300-watt solar panels and is one of the largest solar projects at a K-12 school in the country. The array produces 756 Kw electricity to offset an estimated 30% of the electrical load for the school.  As energy costs increase, the percentage of savings for the school will also grow, with a jump to 35% expected within the first year.
Farmington's solar project is the largest solar project the Illinois Clean Energy Foundation has funded. The project may potentially save the school district an estimated total of $1.5 million in five years. The Farnsworth Group and the Clean Energy Design Group (CEDG) were involved in the design and installation of the projects. See

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