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January 6, 2017

Rural Partners Members!
It’s time to renew your membership! Yes, you can achieve greater things when you become a member of Rural Partners. You will be part of a statewide, comprehensive organization that focuses on the economic vitality, quality of life and leadership development of rural Illinois. Build your network through members and organizations working together to benefit rural Illinois. Renew online or send your check to Rural Partners, 3085 Stevenson Drive, Suite 200, Springfield, IL 62703. Individual membership is $50 annually.


Live Webinar
2016 Legislative UpdateThursday, January 19, 2016 | Noon - 1pm
Co-Presented By:
Derke Price, Equity Partner with Ancel Glink
Mike Belarmino, Associate Legislative Director for Finance and Intergovernmental Affairs, National Association of Counties
With the 2016 legislative calendar coming to a close, conversations are occurring regarding state and federal legislative agendas that will affect local governments. Tune into the University of Illinois Extension webinar January 19, from noon to 1 p.m., for an update on State and Federal legislation affecting local government.
Derke Price, Equity Partner with Ancel Glink, will present an update of state legislative changes that will impact local government during the coming year. Mike Belarmino, Associate Legislative Director for Finance and Intergovernmental Affairs at the National Association of Counties (NACo), will discuss federal legislative changes. 
University of Illinois Extension · U.S. Department of Agriculture · Local Extension Councils Cooperating|University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.

There is no cost to attend the webinar; however, pre-registration is required online in order to attend, or contact Kathie Brown at for more information.

People who live in rural areas are more likely to own their own homes, live in their state of birth and have served in the military than their urban counterparts, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. The Survey is the only annual dataset that produces this range of statistics for all of the nation’s 3,142 counties. For the three-fourths of all counties with populations too small to produce single-year statistics (2,323 counties), it is the only available dataset. “Rural areas cover 97% of the nation’s land area but contain 19.3% of the population (about 60 million people),” Census Bureau Director John H. Thompson said. “By combining five years of survey responses, the American Community Survey provides unequaled insight into the state of every community, whether large or small, urban or rural.” Data was collected between 2011 and 2015 on more than 40 demographic, housing, social and economic topics, including commuting, educational attainment and home value. These statistics are available to explore on the Census Bureau website.

January 13 - SEDAC - Park Districts: Enterfy Walk-through webinar
January 17, 2017 Local Government Education Webinar, 2016 Legislative Update
January 20 - SEDAC - Spotlight on Incentives and Savings webinar
March 8-9, 20-17 Rural Economic Development Conference, Springfield, IL
June 11-14, 2017 Community Development Society Conference, Big Sky, MT
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