STERLING, Ill. — University of Illinois Extension is proud to partner with The Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and Rock Falls Tourism to offer two learning opportunities. The first, Developing a Creative Economy, will be presented on Tuesday, May 1st at Champ’s Banquet Venue, 9 E. 3rd Street in Sterling. The event is scheduled from 5:30pm – 7:00pm. Developing the Creative Economy was designed for community leaders and economic development professionals who want to tap into the creative talent in their communities to build viable businesses, adding to household income for the entrepreneur and increasing economic activity in the community. The program helps community leaders expand economic and entrepreneurial development by developing a culture that appreciates and supports the creative talents of residents, including those living in low- resource households. Creative entrepreneurs include artists, designers, musicians, boutique retailers, specialty food producers and other creative enterprises. To register, please call 815-632- 3611 or online: go.illinois.edu/CreativeEconomy.
The second event, Five Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Youth in Rural Communities, will be held Wednesday, May 2nd 11:00am-12:30pm. This event is a lunch and learn. The cost to attend is $10.00 for members of the SVACC and $15.00 for nonmembers. The lunch and learn will take place in Room 1H16 at Sauk Valley Community College173 Rt. 2 Dixon, Il 6102. Youth are leaving rural communities at an alarming rate, yet there is evidence that Millennials have interest in moving to rural areas. There are specific strategies to use to attract and retain youth in rural communities. In addition to the presentation, there will be a panel of millennial participants who will share their thoughts and ideas on why they decided to return or stayed to live in the Sauk Valley Area. To register, visit go.illinois.edu/RetainingYouth. For more information about both programs contact the Whiteside Extension Office at 815-632- 3611.
— University of Illinois Extension
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