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February 10, 2017

The annual Cream of the Crop photo contest will open in March. The photo contest is part of the Illinois State Treasurer’s Ag Invest program. Grade school and high school students are invited to submit innovative and scenic photos that depict their vision of agriculture in our state. Winning photos are used in informational materials for the Ag Invest program, the Ag Invest calendar, and featured at the Illinois State Fair. For contest rules, click here.

During the darkness of the Solar Eclipse on August 21, local amateur radio operators will help you hear everything. The FCC licensed Thom Beebe with a special events license for a radio station that will talk all things eclipse, with the call name W9E. “The license is good from August 17 one minute after midnight until 11:59 pm on the 21st. We hope to be operating continuously throughout that time,” Beebe said.

Since NOAA’s GOES-16 satellite lifted off from Cape Canaveral on November 19, scientists have waited for the first photos. GOES-16 captured the view above of the moon as it looked across the surface of the Earth on January 15. Like earlier GOES satellites, GOES-16 will use the moon for calibration. Stephen Volz, Ph.D. director of NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service, said “These images come from the most sophisticated technology ever flown in space to predict severe weather on Earth. The fantastically rich images provide us with our first glimpse of the impact GOES-16 will have on developing life-saving forecasts.”

Free Webinar
Infrastructure for Economic Development: Investing in Building Energy Savings

Thursday, February 16, 2017 | Noon - 1pm
Co-Presented By:
Robert Nemeth and Todd Rusk
Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC)
Counties, municipalities, and other public agencies can reduce operational losses and address deferred maintenance backlogs through cost-effective investments in building energy efficiency. This webinar features building energy experts Robert Nemeth and Todd Rusk, from the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC). The speakers will present case studies on energy efficiency projects at a variety of building types, in order to describe how to get started on planning for improvements and how to integrate those improvements with the capital planning process. The presentation will also include discussion on financial approaches that may allow for investment and savings, even when available capital is highly constrained.

There is no cost to attend the webinar; however, pre-registration is required online in order to attend, or contact Zach Kennedy at for more information.
February 16 - Investing in Building Energy Savings Webinar
March 8 - Rural Partners Annual Meeting, Springfield, IL
March 8-9, 20-17 Rural Economic Development Conference, Springfield, IL
March 31 - Rural Business Development Grant deadline
June 11-14, 2017 Community Development Society Conference, Big Sky, MT
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