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September 9, 2016
 Live Webinar
Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies at Work in Illinois
Thursday, September 15, 2016 | Noon - 1pm


Presented By :  Darrin Fleener, Economic Development Representative for U.S. Department of Commerce, and Jennifer Daly, Chief Executive Officer Greater Peoria EDC.
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Darrin Fleener, economic development representative from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration’s Chicago regional office, will provide an overview of the regional planning process.
Also presenting will be Jennifer Daly, CEO of Greater Peoria Economic Development District. Daly will share Peoria’s approach to creating a regionally driven economic development process as well as outcomes that have been achieved through this new strategy.

There is no cost to attend the webinar; however, pre-registration is required. Register online to attend or contact Kathie Brown (309-255-9189, brownlk@illinois.edu) for more information.
You can visit our Local Government E-Institutes page to view recordings of previous programs - topics include Best Practices in eGovernment, Illinois Budget Crisis, Impact on Local Government, and others.
SEDAC is back in business
After being on hold for just over a year, SEDAC services are once again available to public sector facilities. Since SEDAC started in 2005, over 1,650 full projects were completed; $19 million annual energy  cost savings were achieved; potential annual savings of more than $60 million were identified.  SEDAC is offered through the Illinois Energy Now program run by the Office of Energy & Recycling. Contact us at 800.214.7954

This infographic illustrates the importance of natural infrastructure in securing the lasting health of watersheds that supply clean water. A healthy natural infrastructure improves water security through the presence of trees with strong root systems that prevent erosion and a lush forest floor that helps absorb and filter water. Degraded lands lack those natural systems, and are more likely to be affected by flooding and fires, which lead to more pollution and runoff in our rivers, lakes and streams. To explore the connection between forests and water further, visit Global Forest Watch Water's new site and interactive map.

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