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June 12, 2015
New Directions in Community and Economic Development

Monday, June 29th, 2015
at the
John A. Logan College, Conference Center
700 Logan College Road Carterville, Illinois 62918

REGISTRATION: 8:30 am to 9:00 am
CONFERENCE: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm (lunch included)

New Workforce Development Legislation
DCEO's New Direction and Financial Incentive Updates
DRA Economic Development Plan Revisions
Public Housing Funding/CDAP Grants

CONFERENCE FEE: $45 per person (lunch included)
for additional information and/or to register, visit
Reports on Poverty in U.S. Regions
While the overall rate of poverty is higher in nonmetro counties than in metro, the difference between nonmetro/metro poverty rates varies significantly across regions. The nonmetro/metro poverty rate gap for the South has historically been the largest. In 2009-13, the South had a nonmetro poverty rate of 21.7 percent—nearly 6 percentage points higher than in the region’s metro areas. The difference in poverty rates in the South is particularly important for the overall nonmetro poverty rate because an estimated 42.7 percent of the U.S. nonmetro population lived in this region in 2009-13. Regional poverty rates for nonmetro and metro areas were most alike in the Midwest and the Northeast in 2009-13.

“Creative crosswalks” in Portland, Oregon are the city’s first foray into artistic zebra stripes. For once, this isn’t just Portland being goofy: The crosswalks are meant to “improve pedestrian safety and contribute to the district’s vitality,” according to the Bureau of Transportation. Pedestrians will be more likely to notice and use the pathways, presumably, and they’ll be easier for motorists to spot and obey.


The Labor Market 150 Index shows Peoria near the top of the list of metros that have created the highest share of living-wage jobs since 2010—one of 11 indicators the index considers. Top metro areas are Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas (66% of new jobs above living wage), and a number of manufacturing-focused metro regions led by Detroit (64%) and Peoria, Illinois (63%). Rockford is in the top ten. 

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