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Interested operators can now obtain a RFP information packet

Are you or someone you know interested in operating a revolutionary food distribution enterprise in Kane County?
The Food Hub Project Team has just released an Operator Request for Proposals, seeking a qualified operator to manage and/or own a future food hub enterprise. Business analysis conducted through Kane County's Food Hub Feasibility Study determined that market conditions are extremely favorable for a food enterprise that aggregates regionally grown products for sale to wholesale and institutional buyers. Such an entity is anticipated to create new opportunities for Kane County and area farmers to sell their products, and be a source of fresh, healthy foods for communities that might not have easy access to fresh produce. 

If selected to work with the Food Hub Project Team, the chosen operator will receive exclusive resources and technical assistance at no cost including:
  • Technical assistance from the Food Hub Project Consultant, New Venture Advisors, to develop a customized and comprehensive business plan.
  • All research, data and comprehensive analysis compiled through the Food Hub Feasibility Study - including a detailed financial model.
  • Full list of producers, buyers and other potential partners, their level of interest and commitment expectations, and more...
Interested operators are invited to complete a contact and registration form, available here, and return it to purchasing@co.kane.il.us to receive an RFP information packet. The last day to submit a proposal is Tuesday, March 21st. For additional information, visit the Food Hub Project webpage.

livableLivable Communities Summit

Planners and aging network professionals working together

Urban planners work with communities of all sizes to envision the form of future growth that fosters livable communities. Aging Network professionals also create plans to help people live well in their homes and communities for as long as possible. Policy researchers provide crucial information and tools applicable to practitioners in the field. 

Join an esteemed panel of presenters representing the planning, aging network and policy research disciplines for an interactive and information rich summit. 

Explore the latest planning tools including AARP's Livability Index and Future of Housing Toolkit. Learn about planning best practices from the field from speakers representing regional, county, city and urban/suburban communities. Engage with colleagues across disciplines in facilitated break-out groups to identify how to better collaborate to develop and implement policies and plans that advance livable communities for all people, regardless of their age or ability. 


Friday, March 24, 2017 
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. CDT

Hyatt Regency Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Pre-registration for this event is required. Visit the event webpage for additional details. Please email questions to info@asaging.org

fox5th Annual Fox River Summit

Summit to explore watershed management issues on March 10

The 5th annual Fox River Summit, a collaboration between the Fox River Ecosystem Partnership in Illinois and the Southeast Fox River Partnership in Wisconsin, with financial support from the Southeastern Wisconsin Fox River Commission, will take place March 10 at Veterans Terrace at Echo Park in the City of Burlington, Wisconsin. This event, called the "Fox River Summit - Celebrating Success and Addressing Challenges" will examine watershed management issues in both the Wisconsin and Illinois portions of the river basin. "A key goal will be continuing a dialogue between stakeholders in Wisconsin and Illinois on many shared topics including recreation, economics, sustainable flows, flooding, fishery, water quality and pollutant loadings," said Dr. Tom Slawski, President of the Southeast Fox River Partnership and conference planning team chair. 

This summit is an opportunity to collaborate and reaffirm commitments identified in the "Declaration of Partnership" on March 22, 2013 (http://www.foxriversummit.org/). The Summit helps advance integrated approaches to managing resources to meet human needs and maintain aquatic ecosystem integrity for present and future generations within the Fox River Basin and beyond.
Location: Veterans Terrace at Echo Park is located at 589 Milwaukee Avenue in Burlington WI, www.veteransterrace.com

$35 advance registration fee required (includes lunch)-online registration at website: http://www.foxriversummit.org/. Advance registration deadline: March 9, 2017,($50.00 day of, or at the door - cash or check or credit card.)

Green Town returns to the Fox Valley in downtown Aurora

The Fox Valley Sustainability Network, formed by GreenTown co-founders a5 Inc and Seven Generations Ahead, will be hosting the third GreenTown event in the City of Aurora at Two Brothers Roundhouse on Thursday, April 27, 2017. At the last GreenTown Aurora event in 2015, Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner urged participants to work together to ensure the further development of healthy, sustainable communities in the Fox Valley region. 

This year's event will feature a mayors breakfast, a keynote address and breakout sessions for the Fox Valley Sustainability Network's seven topic areas listed below. 
  • Economic development
  • Energy
  • Food
  • Green infrastructure
  • Transportation
  • Water
  • Waste
The Fox Valley Sustainability Network brings together the public and private sectors from around the Fox Valley to cut across boundaries and create healthy sustainable communities-and a vibrant Fox Valley. By marrying a strong communications effort with a series of action-oriented events, the Fox Valley Sustainability Network will provide opportunities to learn together, collaborate on sustainability planning and implementation, seek funding and report progress.

Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017
Location: Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N Broadway, Aurora, IL

More details, including the agenda and registration, will be coming in the next month. To stay up-to-date on the GreenTown Fox Valley, follow GreenTown on Facebook and the Fox Valley Sustainability Network

Metropolitan Planning Council 10-point action agenda to preserve and enhance the region's water supply

The Metropolitan Planning Council continues to raise awareness on the challenges facing the region's water supply and map steps to strengthen the system through its 10-point action agenda. The MPC publication addresses the challenges our region faces in stark terms, raising three critical questions on our water system: "Do we have enough? Is it clean? Will the system endure? The answer to all three questions will be a stark "no" if we do not take coordinated action."
The system of infrastructure, institutions and regulations that bring water from the lake, rivers and underground aquifers to our taps is complicated and fragmented. Consumers are buffered from these complexities, and therefore are disconnected from understanding why we need to invest in this critical service that enables us to drink, bathe and indeed survive.
The MPC report addresses area-specific challenges in communities throughout northeastern Illinois, in addition to those prevalent across the region's entire system. The report webpage also includes an interactive map of communities across the region and their respective source(s) of water.
For more information, visit the MPC's report webpage or contact Danielle Gallet at dgallet@metroplanning.org to learn more about getting involved with regional discussions and activities related to water supply planning and management. 

Waubonsee Community College to host screening of Hometown Habitat with a director Q & A session

The Fox River Ecosystem Partnership, The Conservation Foundation, Kane County Division of Environmental & Water Resources, Fox Valley Sustainability Network, and several other partners and sponsors will host a showing of the film Hometown Habitat. This event will be extra special because the film director, Catherine Zimmerman will be present for a Q&A after the screening!
FILM DESCRIPTION: Hometown Habitat features renowned entomologist Dr. Douglas Tallamy, whose research, books and lectures on the use of non-native plants in landscaping, sound the alarm about habitat and species loss. Tallamy provides the narrative thread that challenges the notion that humans are here and nature is someplace else. "It doesn't have to, and shouldn't be that way." Inspiring stories of community commitment to conservation landscaping illustrate Tallamy's vision by showing how humans and nature can co-exist with mutual benefits.

Monday, March 6th, 2017
7:00 pm - Film start
6:30 pm - Sustainability Fair
Waubonsee Community College 
Downtown Aurora campus 
8 S. River St. in Aurora
Multipurpose Room, First floor

Attendance is FREE, but tickets will be required. Reserve your seats online at: www.oneearthfilmfest.org.

Kane County Planning Cooperative
Matt Tansley, Land Use Planner - (630) 232-3493 
tansleymatthew@co.kane.il.us or kcplancoop@co.kane.il.us

Kane County Planning Cooperative, 719 S. Batavia Ave., Geneva, IL 60134
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