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BHRC Awarded Partnership Planning Grant

BHRC was awarded a $103,000 partnership planning grant from the Economic Development Administration (U.S. Department of Commerce). The funding will enable BHRC to maintain the region’s economic development district (EDD) and the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The CEDS is a multi-county plan covering Carroll, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, and Whiteside counties. The Strategy …

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Planning & Digital Content Fellow

Blackhawk Hills Regional Council, a non-profit regional planning organization, seeks to hire a Planning & Digital Content Fellow.  For consideration, please send cover letter, resume, and references to julie.jacobs [at] blackhawkhills.com by October 7, 2016.

RFP for Eight-County, Bistate Freight Study Released

Together, Blackhawk Hills Regional Council and the East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA) have issued a request for proposals for a multi-modal freight study of specified counties in northwest Illinois and east central Iowa. Any questions about the RFP may be directed to Chandra Ravada (cravada [at] ecia.org or 563-556-4166), Director of Transportation, ECIA. Proposals are due on or …

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Jump Start to a Good Year – 2016 Grazing Conference Held

Blackhawk Hills was one of the sponsors of the Northwest Illinois Grazing Conference. The event was held on March 2, 2016. There were 36 participants.  The program featured five speakers and covered various topics, including: Transitioning from Winter Feed to Summer Grazing, Who Manages Forage on Your Spread, Forage Options for Better Grazing, Economic Perspectives of Transition and Forage Management …

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Center for Small Business Development Launched

Sauk Valley Community College (SVCC) Center for Small Business Development (CSBD) opened in February. Services provided include one-to-one small business counseling, workshops, and seminars, partnership development to help improve the small business and entrepreneurship culture of the region, and the development of local, regional, and state resources to help small business communities. The Center was …

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Stillman Valley High School Wins 2016 Envirothon

The 2016 Land Use Council 1 Envirothon Competition was held on March 8, 2016, at Highland Community College, and was hosted by the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Carroll, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson and Whiteside Counties. Twenty teams participated in the competition, with Stillman Valley High School taking 1st place.  Members of Stillman …

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