Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs


Some Empirical Aspects of Manufacturing Sector During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Did Covid-19 shutter proportionally more small businesses (including manufacturing businesses) in the metro or the nonmetro? How do rural manufacturers in Illinois adapt to and cope with the threats of Covid-19? Is variability in adapting to Covid-19 workplace health and safety measures correlated with the characteristics of the business and the sociodemographic of the business location? This paper addresses these and other similar questions using a combination of primary and secondary data.


Rural Doctors Are Using Influence To Get Their Patients To Take The COVID-19 Vaccine

Many county health departments are under-resourced, facing significant staffing shortages or don’t have the expertise to create messaging about the vaccine, according to Adee Athiyaman, a researcher at the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs.  Read the full story...


Grocery store closing is part of a bigger issue

The current situation in Nokomis is what some researchers, including Western Illinois University’s Sean Park, call a 'food swamp.' Park said, “...the food that you have access to is at the local gas station or the dollar store...What you're getting isn't healthy, fresh foods; it's usually beef jerky or chips or soda."  Read the full story here...


WIU professor provides a new tool for communities in containment of COVID-19

Tim Shelley recently discussed the "shift method" of analyzing COVID-19 data with Adee Athiyaman, a professor of public policy and economic development with WIU's Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs. In his paper, Athiyaman provides a new method for economic development specialists, as a tool to better compare and contrast a community's progress in containing COVID-19. Click below to listen.

Athiyaman also provides another paper on the economic impacts of COVID-19


Understanding the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act Workshop

Participants will be presented with a thorough explanation of each step required in the process Pre-Award Process. The workshop will held on November 20th and 21st in Macomb. For more details or to register go here...


Farm Country Feeds America. But Just Try Buying Groceries There.

An exodus of grocery stores is turning rural towns into food deserts. But some are fighting back by opening their own local markets. Read the full story at the N.Y. Times...