“A healthy farm economy needs a healthy rural economy,” said Chris Merrett, director of the Illinois Institute of Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University during the Illinois Farm Bureau Governmental Affairs Leadership Conference in Springfield.
Western Illinois University announced today (Feb. 28) that the University is expanding its Small Business Development Center (SBDC) operations, which is under the direction of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA), to the Quad Cities Riverfront campus. An International Trade Center (ITC) will also be established as part of the SBDC presence at the QC campus.
Illinois ranks fourth in the nation for offering the highest median family salary.
New Census data show that the real differences between the city and the country may not match up with popular perception.
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Explore Visual Insights from the Distressed Communities Index, provided by the Economic Innovation Group
The Distressed Communities Index is a composite measurement of economic well-being calculated at the zip, city, county, state, and congressional district level based on 7 indicators.
About half of American adults lived in middle-income households in 2014, according to anew Pew Research Center analysis of government data. In percentage terms, 51% of adults lived in middle-income households, 29% in lower-income households and 20% in upper-income households.