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February 6, 2015

Confluence Trash Bash: March 21, 2015
Save the date for one of the largest river cleanups in the state!

 Looking for a way to help the region? Join this year's Trash Bash!
Volunteers will have their choice of multiple cleanup locations in the rivers and creeks surrounding the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. Click here for more details or to register.

Seeds2Success II

Greater Peoria Food Summit     

MARCH 6&7 2015 

Peoria, Illinois

Planning for a Sustainable Food System

The conference spans two days and includes over a dozen presentations. This year’s themes include:

  • Farm to School: Success Stories and Strategies
  • Farm to Veteran:  Supporting Military Veterans through Agriculture
  • Farm to Market: Making Local Agriculture Financially Viable
  • Community Gardens: Growing Community Involvement
  • Local Foods Policy: Responsible Strategies for Local Government.

The $20,000 House

Since 1993, architecture students at Alabama's Auburn University have designed and built striking, low-cost buildings through the renowned Rural Studio program. To participate, the students move off campus and across the state to rural western Alabama, where they work with clients in one of the nation's poorest regions. The program has resulted in dozens of structures that improve the lives of individuals and whole communities: an animal shelter, park facilities, a Boys and Girls Club, and a series of houses targeted to cost about $20,000. With 16 iterations of the 20K house now built, the studio is getting ready to bring some of the plans to market.

The 2015 Who Pays: A Distributional Analysis of the Tax Systems in All Fifty States (the fifth edition of the report) assesses the fairness of state and local tax systems by measuring the state and local taxes that will be paid in 2015 by different income groups as a share of their incomes.The report examines every state and the District of Columbia. It discusses important features of each state’s tax system and includes de­tailed state-by-state profiles that provide essential baseline data to help lawmakers understand the effect tax reform proposals will have on constituents at all income levels.
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