Reversing outmigration: Strategies communities can implement to reverse this trend

community members sitting around table planning

STERLING, Ill. -Ever wondered what your community could do to reverse outmigration?  In 2018, 86 of Illinois’ 102 counties experienced population decline.  Almost every rural county in Illinois has experienced an outmigration of its youngest and brightest talent, and now urban centers like Chicago, Rockford, Bloomington and others are experiencing increased outmigration.

Although the effects of the pandemic on outmigration have not had much research devoted to them yet, many experts are predicting that the pandemic may have changed migration patterns, especially in younger adults able to work remotely. Smaller communities have opportunities to attract younger workers and families to live, work and play. Learn what you can do to make this happen in your community during the April 8 webinar, Strategies For Reversing Outmigration at 11 a.m. (CT).

University of Illinois Extension regional specialists Pam Schallhorn and Dr. Joseph Malual and Extension educator Mike Delany will discuss research-based strategies that communities can implement to help reverse this trend and some insights into how remote work may provide more opportunity for people to migrate back to rural communities. While registration is required, this webinar is free and anyone may register online. The webinar will be recorded, and the link provided to all who register.

If you will need accommodation to participate, please email Mike Delany. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow enough time to meet your access needs.

SOURCE: Pam Schallhorn, Extension Specialist in Community and Economic Development, University of Illinois Extension

ABOUT EXTENSION:  Illinois Extension leads public outreach for University of Illinois by translating research into action plans that allow Illinois families, businesses, and community leaders to solve problems, make informed decisions, and adapt to changes and opportunities