Illinois Rural Partners recently released a recap of their highlights and accomplishments from the previous year. Like other State Rural Development Councils across the nation IRP embodies the spirit or collaboration as it works to coordinate efforts toward a brighter future for rural Illinois.
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Connects Rural Partners Members to One Another
Rural Partners connects our membership by providing networking opportunities at conferences; posting information to the updated and interactive website; publishing a newsletter, sharing success stories, funding opportunities and ideas; and responding to individual initiatives across the state. Rural Partners acts as an intermediary to resolve impediments between communities, not for profit corporations, businesses, state and federal agencies, and others helping to resolve impediments to progress.
Sponsors, Plans and Participates in Conferences
Rural Partners co-sponsors and attracts exhibitors to community and business development, broadband, leadership and other conferences to inform rural leaders, enable them to replicate successes of others, and to find creative approaches to address problems and develop opportunities. Rural Partners was a gold level sponsor of the Economic Development Downstate Summit attended by over 200 economic developers and legislators to develop support of favorable legislation for TIF Districts and Enterprise Zones. The annual Rural Economic Development Conference in Peoria is March 7-8 and the annual Leadership Conference is June 6th.
Provides Funding For the Illinois Rural Life Poll
The results of the Rural Life Poll, conducted by the IL Institute for Rural Affairs and partially funded by Rural Partners’ membership dues, has been widely used by community leaders, policy makers, conference planners and others as well as the Rural Partners board.
Publishes Regular and Information Packed Newsletters
Rural Partners is recommitted to provide regular newsletters with articles about funding, conferences, success stories and more. Our members and others are encouraged to contribute articles and information which can help promote your company, your cause or your ideas. Over 95% of our members say they read these newsletters.
Keeps You in Touch with State Government Leadership
As a member of the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council and Housing, Child Care, Extension, Transportation and other task forces, Rural Partners is informed of state rural development initiatives and funding opportunities, and steps up to share issues and address problems facing rural communities and businesses.
Updated Rural Partners Website
Rural Partners updated its website to make it more informative, responsive and interactive to better serve our members and others. Check it out at www.ruralpartners.org
Speaks for and Advocates for Rural Issues
Rural communities and organizations look to Rural Partners to be their voice. Rural Partners provided that voice at Illinois affordable housing task force meetings; Governor’s Rural Affairs Council and through its membership in the National Partners for Rural America, Association of Counties, Association of Townships, Extension Partners, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and others.
Supported Establishment of an Annual Housing Awards Program
With others, Rural Partners actively supported the establishment of an annual awards program to recognize and seek duplication of housing initiatives that demonstrated innovation and excellence.
Asks for Feedback from Members
Rural Partners stays in touch with its members. Rural Partners continually seeks input from its members and others to determine their needs and priorities and what services Rural Partners should offer. Continuing existing services in this time of tight budgets, obtaining broadband service and supporting existing businesses and entrepreneurs are current high priority goals.
Join Rural Partners!
Illinois Rural Partners is a member-driven forum that links individuals, businesses, organizations and communities with public and private resources to maximize the potential of rural Illinois.
Your voice can be heard, along with others, through Illinois Rural Partners. For more information, go to www.ruralpartners.org