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October 17, 2014
Want to learn about growing and preserving your own food, raising animals in your backyard, composting, disaster preparedness and more? Everyone is invited to the Sustainable Living Expo at the Dixon Springs Ag Center in Simpson, IL.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
9 am - 4 pm
Save the Date! The Delta Regional Authority invites you to Reimagining the Delta Workforce: Illinois to be held at John A. Logan College on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 9:00am to 3:00pm.  The purpose of this summit is to spark a conversation on how we as a region can create a workforce system that connects all workers to the skills they need and attracts good-paying jobs to our communities—how we can Reimagine Workforce Development in Southern Illinois. Register TODAY at!
Is the Housing Crisis Over?
In 2008 the U.S. economy fell off a cliff. Depending on your perspective it either slipped or was pushed from that precipice by the housing markets. But after six years where are we? How were rural Americans impacted, and are there lingering effects from the crisis? Rural Voices assembled four of the most knowledgeable experts in the affordable housing world to help answer these complex questions and provide insights on how to improve rural housing conditions in the wake of the housing crisis.

Two programs November 5 in Decatur:

Succession Planning for the Family Farm or Business

This seminar covers issues important to farmers and their advisors which may arise when passing down assets to the next generation, including tax issues, protecting land, and making tax efficient distributions to family and/or the community. Made possible by a grant from Rural Partners, this seminar is co-hosted by the Community Foundation of Macon County and Donors Forum and features Mr. Vaughn Henry, a farm management and estate planning consultant, whose unique background in agriculture and charitable estate planning have gained him a nationally recognized reputation in farm succession planning and planned giving. Location: Madden Arts Center, 3rd Floor, 125 North Water St., Decatur, IL 
Register here.

Planned Giving: A Nonprofit Development Strategy
This workshop, designed for nonprofits, will provide you with information to integrate planned giving into your fundraising strategy. If done with the right approach and no matter the size of your organization, planned giving can create a lasting source of development. Made possible by a grant from Rural Partners, this seminar is co-hosted by The Community Foundation of Macon County and Donors Forum, and features Mr. Vaughn Henry. Location: Madden Arts Center, 3rd Floor, 125 North Water St., Decatur, IL  For more information, or to register, visit the Donors Forum website.

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