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Harnessing State and Federal Opportunities: Transitioning Energy Economies (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 programs and initiatives focused on reinvestment in Illinois’ rural communities and coal communities.

Webinar 2: Harnessing Federal and State Opportunities, July 21st, 12pm CT - Economic Development Administration, Illinois EPA Office of Energy, Illinois Department of Transportation; Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

The second webinar in our Energy Transition Webinar Series will focus on state and federal investments that will bring Illinois communities a wide variety of opportunities in economic development, clean energy, transportation electrification, and more. We’ll hear from the Economic Development Administration, the State Energy Office, IL Department of Transportation, and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.


  • Emily Rhodes, Economic Development Administration, ED Representative
  • Chad Kruse, Illinois EPA Office of Energy, Manager
  • Elizabeth Irvin, Illinois Department of Transportation, Deputy Director of Planning and Programming
  • Hilary Scot-Ogunrinde, Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity