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August 26, 2016

The 2016 Regional Neighborhood Network Conference (RNNC) will be in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, September 29-October 1. This is the 30th anniversary of this grassroots  conference and it is a great opportunity for neighborhood leaders and government employees to learn new practices, network with colleagues, and exchange ideas on how to improve our communities and foster healthy and strong neighborhoods. The host cities of Champaign and Urbana have put together a great selection of workshops, field tours, and fun events. Early registration is $100 until September 1, 2016 (after September 1, $125).  


Funding is available for agencies interested in administering AmeriCorps programs in Illinois. AmeriCorps programs are designed to improve education and health care, protect public safety, safeguard the environment, provide disaster relief, and promote civic engagement in communities across Illinois. The Serve Illinois Commission will host mandatory webinars in September for agencies interested in applying for funding. Webinar details and information about the application process are available at  Applications are due December 2, 2016.


Scientists at the Australian National University have set a world record for efficiency for a solar thermal dish generating steam for power stations. The team halved energy losses and achieved a 97% conversion of sunlight into steam through a new receiver for a solar concentrator dish. This beats commercial systems by about seven percentage points.


August 27 - 28 - Agritourism Workshop, Ottawa, IL
September 1 - last day for early registration for 2016 RNNC Conference
September 15 - Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies at Work in Illinois telenet - Noon
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