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County Government ARPA Investments Around Illinois

Co-hosted by Illinois Extension and Rural Partners
Rural Development Series
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Illinois county governments utilized their ARPA funds to provide aid to their residents and communities. Discover the unique approaches taken by four county governments (Jackson, Fulton, McLean, and McHenry) to allocate their ARPA funds in ways that address the needs of their citizens.  Registration is required, but the webinar is free of charge.

About the presenters:

Jackson County Broadband Coordinator Brian Chapman 
He has served 23 years in a variety of roles at SIUC from fundraiser to Assistant Vice Chancellor to Executive Assistant to the System President. Until his retirement last year, Brian served as Executive Director for Regional and Intergovernmental Affairs and as adjunct faculty in the Master of Public Administration Program teaching Human Resource Management and Leadership in Public Administration. Previously, Brian served over 6 years staffing the Illinois Legislature. 

Spoon River Partnership for Economic Development Director Cole McDaniel
He has been the Executive Director of the Spoon River Partnership for Economic Development since March 2020. SRPED is based in Canton, IL, and is responsible for all community and economic development programs and initiatives in Fulton County. SRPED is also responsible for all marketing and tourism-related efforts throughout the county for multiple municipalities and tourist destinations. He is also the Co-Founding Partner of Hometown Consulting, a community and economic development consulting firm, with a strong focus on rural areas. 

Village of Arrowsmith (McLean County) Mayor Chad Walden 
Chad previously served as a village trustee for six years before taking on the role of village president. He is also a member of the McLean County Mayors Association and has been the treasurer for the last 12 years. 

McHenry County Board Chairman Michael Buehler
Mike Buehler is a well-respected business leader and community member from the Chicago area. For the past 30 years, Mike has been the owner and operator of D&M Scale Service, a successful business that specializes in the sales, service, and repair of industrial scales. Throughout his career, Mike has gained a reputation for his expert knowledge of the industry, his dedication to customer service, and his ability to think outside the box to find innovative solutions to his clients' needs. This business experience has been instrumental in his success as the Chairman of McHenry County Board.

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