University of Illinois
offers FREE Webinar on economic development strategies
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[August 23, 2016]
URBANA – University of Illinois Extension will host a free
webinar, Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies at Work in
Illinois, on Thurs., Sept. 15 from noon to 1 p.m.
Darrin Fleener, economic development representative from the U.S.
Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration’s Chicago
regional office, will provide an overview of the regional planning
process. Prior to EDA, Fleener worked for 13 years with the State of
Oregon’s economic development department in project management,
program development, government relations, and as a rural affairs
policy advisor. His professional experience includes working in both
urban and rural distressed communities.
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Also presenting will be Jennifer Daly, CEO of Greater Peoria
Economic Development District. Daly will share Peoria’s approach to
creating a regionally driven economic development process as well as
outcomes that have been achieved through this new strategy.
“Economic development requires effective, collaborative institutions
that are focused on advancing mutual gain for the public and the
private sector,” says Kathie Brown, U of I Extension community and
economic development educator. “It’s essential to ensuring the
economic future of both rural and urban communities across our
There is no cost to attend the webinar; however, pre-registration is
Register online to attend
or contact Kathie Brown at 309-255-9189 or
[Debra Levey Larson]