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September 30, 2016
U.S. farmers will harvest a mammoth corn crop this fall. USDA estimates the 2016 harvest will total 15.2 billion bushels—the largest on record. Large planted acreage and good growing conditions combined to produce the bumper corn crop. During the past 50-plus years, corn storage in the United States has increased, says Darrel Good, extension agricultural economist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “It clearly has grown over time as production has grown, both commercially and on-farm,” he says.

Four foundations will join forces to fund civic projects in four cities for $40 million. The JPB Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation are launching a new initiative, “Reimagining the Civic Commons.” Matching an overall investment of $20 million with another $20 million from local sources, this initiative will improve civic assets in Akron, Memphis, Chicago, and Detroit. Those assets include vacant lots, closed-down schools, and neglected parks. Over three years, the cities will use funds to transform these sites and revitalize their surrounding communities. In Memphis, that means reconstituting a library, a promenade, and two parks along four blocks of public land known as the “Fourth Bluff.” In Akron, the project will boost sites in three spots along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Maybe even more important than the improvements to any specific sites or structures, though, is the test of a theory: that people of all backgrounds can take advantage of revitalization when it involves improving highly localized community assets.

An estimated 11.1 million unauthorized immigrants lived in the U.S. in 2014 – a figure that has steadied since the end of the Great Recession. The number of unauthorized immigrants declined from Mexico but grew from other countries, according to a Pew Research Center study. Read five facts about illegal immigration in the U.S., and learn more about why the unauthorized immigrant population has stabilized.

UPCOMING EVENTS
 
September 29-October 1 - 2016 Regional Neighborhood Network Conference
October 7 - Manufacturing Day
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