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March 3, 2017
Free Webinar
Infrastructure for Economic Development: Water Systems and County-Wide Solutions
Wednesday, March 15, 2017, Noon- 1pm

Co-Presented by: Billo Teichmiller, CEO, EJ Water Cooperative Inc.


Counties and municipalities are often troubleshooting decaying infrastructure and their need affordable, clean, and reliable water systems.  For this month's local government webinar, Bill Teichmiller, CEO for EG Water Cooperative, will cover best practices, planning and assessment, and case examples from EJ Water Cooperative, the fastest growing water system in Illinois.
EJ Water Cooperative, Inc., Dietrich, Illinois, was incorporated in June of 1989, and built its first phase in 1993 to serve 480 households, through construction of 100 miles of water mains. EJ Water Cooperative, Inc. is now a multi-county regional water system, serving members in Effingham, Jasper, Clark, Clay, Cumberland, Edwards, Richland, Sangamon, Shelby. Fayette, Crawford, Montgomery and Christian counties. The system has over 2,000 miles of water mains, 10,000-plus members, and serves about 30,000 people. EJ works closely with USDA Rural Development and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) as its main funding source.

More than 160 million people in the U.S. drink coffee or tea, and many add sugar, cream, flavored syrups or other calorie-laden additives. University of Illinois kinesiology and community health professor Ruopeng An used U.S. national data to determine how many calories Americans consume in their coffee and tea. The research looked at 12 years of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, including 13,185 adults who reported drinking coffee and 6,215 adults who reported drinking tea in the 24 hours prior to being surveyed. The data suggest that more than 51% of U.S. adults drink coffee and nearly 26% drink tea on any given day. Roughly two-thirds of the coffee drinkers and one-third of the tea drinkers add sugar, cream, flavorings or other calorie-rich additives. “Compared with adding nothing to one’s tea, drinking tea with caloric add-ins increased daily caloric intake by more than 43 calories, on average, with nearly 85% of those added calories coming from sugar,” An said. The daily intakes may seem small, but the extra calories every day can add up to extra pounds.

Engineering Open House 2017
March 10-11
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Friday
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Saturday
For 97 years, the University of Illinois Engineering Open House (EOH) has been the University’s largest student-run event, attracting thousands of visitors annually. Today, EOH features more than 250 interactive exhibits, several design competitions, corporate exhibits of real world engineering feats, a Giant Tesla Coil concert, campus tours, and guest speakers.


March 8 - Rural Partners Annual Meeting, Springfield, IL
March 8-9, 20-17 Rural Economic Development Conference, Springfield, IL
March 11 - Raising Backyard Chickens workshop, Oregon, IL
March 15 - Water Systems and County-Wide Solutions, webinar
March 29 - Illinois Farmers Market Assn. Annual Statewide Conference, Chicago, IL
March 31 - Rural Business Development Grant deadline
June 11-14, 2017 Community Development Society Conference, Big Sky, MT
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