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April 7, 2017
Illinois Broadband: Federal Policy Framework

Live Webinar - Thursday, April 20, 2017 | Noon - 1PM (Central time)

Join us for a discussion with Matt Johnson, Vice President, Government Policy, of Shawnee Communications, a rural broadband and telecommunications provider in southern Illinois. This webinar will include a brief summary of past and current federal telecommunications and broadband policy, including an update on the Washington, DC perspective regarding broadband, and how that may affect Illinois communities. Discussion will include the FCC’s approach to broadband deployment, with respect to hot button programs such as FirstNet, E911, rural broadband, 5G wireless and others.

The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps ranks the health of nearly every county in the nation. County Health Rankings illustrate what we know when it comes to what is keeping people healthy or making people sick and how the opportunity for good health differs from one county to the next. Supporting a call to action, the Roadmaps show what we can do to create healthier places for everyone to live, learn, work, and play. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation collaborates with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute to bring this program to communities across the nation.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture has funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program to support projects that expand the availability of fresh, locally-grown produce and strengthen the competitiveness of the state’s specialty crop industry. Illinois currently devotes more than 100,000 acres of farmland to growing specialty crops, which produce nearly $500 million in sales for Illinois farmers. Project proposals are due April 28, 2017 at 4 p.m.

April 20 - Illinois Broadband: Federal Policy Framework webinar, noon
April 28 - Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Project proposal deadline, 4 pm
May 31 - SEDAP application deadline
June 11-14, 2017 Community Development Society Conference, Big Sky, MT
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