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February 27, 2015

26th Annual Rural Community Economic Development Conference

Designing and Creating Economic Recovery in Rural Illinois
March 5 and 6, 2015
Marriott Pere Marquette Hotel
Peoria, Illinois

Presented by
Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, Western Illinois University
in conjunction with
Governor’s Rural Affairs Council, Chaired by Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanquinetti
Rural Partners®
The 26th Annual Rural Community Economic Development Conference, Designing and Creating Economic Recovery in Rural Illinois, begins on Wednesday evening (March 4) with a Welcome Reception at 7:00 p.m. On Thursday, the morning plenary session features speakers who will discuss designing and creating economic recovery in rural Illinois.
Rural Partners will hold its annual meeting after the luncheon on March 5. You are welcome to attend that meeting without paying the conference registration.
Breakout sessions on Thursday afternoon will highlight successful community development strategies and innovative practices applicable to rural areas. Each session will be repeated to provide participants an opportunity to attend four sessions. On Friday morning, the conference continues with workshops on community and economic development techniques.
Case Studies in Municipal Energy Conservation – LGIEN Webinar Series on Climate Change
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 | Noon to 1 PM
Register Online
Presented by:  Andy Robinson and Todd Rusk, Illinois Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC)
The Smart Energy Design Center (SEDAC) is sponsored by the Illinois Energy Now program of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.  SEDAC provides advice and analyses enabling non-residential facilities in the State of Illinois to increase profitability through the efficient use of energy resources. The free technical services for public sector and business clients can identify opportunities for energy savings through intelligent building design and efficient building components and systems.  In their work throughout Illinois, working with both large and small communities SEDAC has successfully identified cost effective energy conservation strategies which have yielded tremendous cost savings for local governments
This webinar will provide an overview of local government energy conservation projects and how government organizations can access this University of Illinois service. 
2015 Affordable Housing Champion Awards! 
The Illinois Affordable Housing Champion Awards highlight outstanding and replicable affordable housing developments, programs, and initiatives that support the objectives of the Annual Comprehensive Housing Plan and serve low-income families, seniors, people with disabilities, homeless persons and those at risk of homelessness, low and moderate income persons unable to afford housing near work or transportation, and low-income persons whose homes are in danger of becoming unaffordable. A total of three awards will be presented at the Governor’s Conference on April 1, 2015. One to an outstanding and replicable affordable housing development, program, or initiative in each of the following geographical areas:

1. Metropolitan Chicago;
2. Cities outside of Metro Chicago with populations above 50,000; and
3.Rural/Small Cities/Non-Metropolitan Areas.  

Attached you will find award parameters and the electronic nomination form. You may also access these materials here:
Please contact Aisha Turner 312-836-5379 (direct) or at if you have any questions.
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