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March 10, 2017
The Center for Entrepreneurship at Millikin University is proud to partner with University of Illinois Extension, Decatur Area Arts Council, Children's Museum of Illinois, and Macon Makers on the third annual Decatur Maker Fest, Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Decatur Civic Center. More than 1,000 adults and children attended last year. You are invited to share your talents and ideas with others interested in the maker movement. There is no fee to be an exhibitor. Exhibitor registration is due April 1st.

Kalamazoo Promise provides scholarships that cover 65 to 100% of college tuition and fees for all graduates of Kalamazoo, Michigan public schools who meet certain criteria. Students have 10 years from the day they graduate high school to use the scholarship. By many measures, the program has succeeded. The population began to rebound almost immediately, while dropout rates declined, particularly among African American women. Over its first 10 years, the Promise invested more than $75 million in 4,000 students, and at least 90 other communities across the U.S. have created Promise scholarships based in some way on Kalamazoo’s program. Timothy Bartik, senior economist at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, a nonpartisan think tank, says the most visible impact is in the public schools themselves. In 2016, he helped lead a study that found that, after the scholarships became available, the likelihood that an eligible student would graduate college within six years of finishing high school increased by about a third, and enrollment in Kalamazoo Public Schools increased by 24%.

Join the Illinois Stewardship Alliance and local food advocates on Local Food Lobby Day, April 6th, in Springfield. Local Food Lobby Day includes lobbying training, a legislative update on important bills, and lunch (consisting of locally grown and prepared food of course!). Learn More and Register



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
April 6 - Local Food Lobby Day, Springfield, IL
June 11-14, 2017 Community Development Society Conference, Big Sky, MT
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