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Read article: Extension helps train community development professionals through national organization
Extension helps train community development professionals through national organization
The hallmark of any Extension program is the information shared be research-based and communicated in a manner that helps to drive change in a...
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Read article: Everything Local conference strengthens Illinois food supply chain
Everything Local conference strengthens Illinois food supply chain
Illinois producers and agribusiness leaders are increasingly seeking new opportunities to boost local food systems. Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB),...
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Read article: Havana benefits from Illinois Rural Tourism research
Havana benefits from Illinois Rural Tourism research
Many small rural towns in Illinois are experiencing an economic downturn due to reasons beyond their control. One town,...
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Read article: Richard Proffer hired as new Extension community and economic development educator
Richard Proffer hired as new Extension community and economic development educator
University of Illinois Extension, Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit is pleased to announce...

News Releases

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Local high schools face off in Regional 4-H Food Challenge
URBANA, Ill — Teams from five local high schools gathered in Bevier Hall on the University of Illinois Campus for the Regional 4-H Food Challenge competition on April 12. The 4-H Food Challenge is a competition that promotes teamwork, gives youth experience in public speaking, and promotes...
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Havana benefits from Illinois Rural Tourism research
HAVANA, Ill. - Many small rural towns in Illinois are experiencing an economic downturn due to reasons beyond their control. One town, Havana, Illinois, is taking the bull by the horns to turn their community around economically. The local chamber of...

Videos

Transitioning Energy Economies: Rural Clean Energy (2023)

Co-hosts: University of Illinois Extension, Prairie Rivers Network, Just Transition Fund, USDA Rural Development

This webinar series will explore state and federal opportunities related to the energy transition, including clean energy programs, transportation electrification, and other...

Staff

Amanda Cole

Amanda Cole

Strategy, Planning and Implementation Assistant Director
Susan Odum

Susan Odum

Community and Economic Development Specialist
Pam Schallhorn

Pam Schallhorn

Extension Specialist - Region 2 Community & Economic Development