Presentation Materials from the 2015 Conference


Rewriting the Rural Narrative by Ben Winchester
Megatrends of Economic Development and What They Mean for Rural Communities by Janet Ady
Growing Your Own Economy by Dell Gines
Revitalizing Rural Communities via Creative Placemaking by Chris Beck
Rural Economic Development Toolbox by Janet Ady
Building a Vibrant Economy on Tourism, LeClaire, Iowa by Rick Reed
Accessing the Creative Economy: USDA Opportunities by Chris Beck
Placemaking: The Art of Building Great Communities by Julie Hales-Smith
Brain Gain of the Newcomers by Ben Winchester
Cross-Currents: Are You Creative Ready? by Janet Kagan
Findings of the Illinois Rural Life Poll: Growing Concerns, Glimmers of Hope by Cynthia Struthers and Christopher Merrett
TIF: A FIT for Economic Development by Gail West
Accion: Small Business Financing for your Community by Amy Clinton
Energize Your Community With a Makerspace by Jayson Margalus
Revitalizing a Downtown in a Small Community: Woodbine, Iowa by Debra Woodbine
Update on Economic Development Program Funding: Starting a Community Broadband Initiative by Christopher Collins
Update on Economic Development Program Funding: USDA Rural Development Housing Programs by Lindsey Keyes
Update on Economic Development Program Funding: Small Business Development Authority by Valerie Ross
Update on Economic Development Program Funding: Illinois Department of Transportation by Denise Johnson
Update on Economic Development Program Funding: Advantage Illinois (DCEO) by Stanley Luboff
Update on Economic Development Program Funding: Illinois Housing Development Authority by Bill Pluta
Nature-Based Placemaking: Natural Assets as Economic Generators-They’re Not Just for Fun! by Julie Fitzpatrick
Cultivating Community Through Citizen Commissions by Edith Makra