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The Food Hub Project team is seeking information on potential buildings for a hub in Kane County

Kane County is seeking to identify potential buildings to house a food hub, currently anticipated to be in operation within the next few years. The Food Hub Project team will be releasing a Request for Information to help generate a list of potential facilities within Kane County where the hub could eventually be located. The list of potential buildings will be made available to assist candidates seeking to own and/or operate the food hub.
A food hub is an entity that aggregates and distributes food products from small to mid-sized farms to satisfy local wholesale demand. The release of the RFI follows the completion of a Food Hub Feasibility Study, which assessed the market potential and operating structure of a food hub enterprise in Kane County.
The Site Search RFI document includes additional background information along with a brief set of questions to correspond with any potential buildings that you feel would be appropriate to submit to the site list. Interested respondents might include economic development officials, commercial real estate managers, and others with knowledge of commercial facilities in Kane County that could fulfill the needs of a food hub operation.
To register to receive the RFI document, please contact the Kane County Purchasing Department at purchasing@co.kane.il.us. All related questions can also be directed to the Purchasing Department.

exportExporTech Boosts Manufacturers Looking to Export

Participants see an average of $770,000 in new export sales

Up to eight Kane County manufacturing businesses will be offered a rare opportunity to take part in a government-subsidized program that, on average, generates $770,000 in new export sales for each participating company. Metro Chicago Exports is partnering with Kane County government to introduce the ExporTech program, an innovative, customized workshop that provides an individual coach for each company, leading to an export plan in nine weeks.
Kane County manufacturers will receive a reduced rate compared to other ExporTechTM cohorts. The standard cost is $5,000 per company; Kane County businesses will pay $3,000 for the 2017 "winter cohort," which is scheduled to take place during single days in April, May and June.
Kane County companies that would benefit most from ExporTechTM are:
  • Manufacturers that have received inquiries about exporting, but do not include it in their business plan.
  • Companies looking to create a holistic, strategic plan for exporting.
  • Manufacturers who want to export and are unsure of where to begin.
  • Experienced exporting manufacturers looking to target new markets.
  • Businesses that are looking for personalized exporting assistance.
  • Manufacturers looking for resources and technical assistance for exports.
If you are interested in registering or have any questions about the Kane County ExporTechTM cohort, please contact Lisa Reijula, Metro Chicago Exports Program Manager at LReijula@MetroChicagoExports.com or by phone at (312) 589-5773. Additional information can be found at exportech.org or a recent article in Kane County Connects.

February forum to address food and waste

Please join us on Wednesday, February 8, from 9:00am to 11:30am for the next Fox Valley Sustainability Network Forum, which will feature speakers and presentations focused on food and waste. 
If you missed the transportation forum on Wednesday, December 7, you can click here to view the presentations. A recap of the event can also be found at DailyHerald.com or ChicagoTribune.com.
For more updates about the Network, upcoming events, or just sustainability news, follow the Fox Valley Sustainability Network on Facebook and Twitter.
Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Time: 9:00am to 11:30am
Where: The Centre of Elgin
100 Symphony Way, Elgin, IL
To RSVP, email Taylee Pardi at tpardi@a5inc.com.

coreCORE Illinois Webinar and Training

Learn about the CORE initiative and professional development tips

You're invited to join us for an exclusive discussion of the CORE Illinois Business Retention and Expansion initiative and learn the most effective ways to utilize the interview process, the Synchronist system, and how CORE can help you build upon your economic development strategy in your community!
Topics will include:
  • Targeting businesses in your community to participate in a CORE conversation
  • Getting the meeting and clarifying the value-added
  • Selling the What, How and Why
  • Addressing confidentiality concerns
  • Post-visit and follow-up steps
  • Quick tips and tricks to turn a successful interview into a long-term relationship
A portion of the webinar event will be devoted to a 45 minute Interviewer Tips and Tricks workshop. Become more familiar with the interview tool and how to turn the interview into a conversation. The session will help everyone get more comfortable with the what, how, why of Illinois' new statewide Business Retention & Expansion program.

The webinar will be held on Monday, January 23rd, 2017 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm CST.

For more information and to sign up, visit the registration page here

Workshop to introduce participants to the building 
energy modeling process

Please join the Illinois Office of Energy & Recycling at the Academic & Professional Center on Sugar Grove's Waubonsee Community College campus for an event designed to network and provide the Illinois design, energy modeling, and code enforcement community with an introductory understanding of the building energy modeling process as it relates to 2015 IECC compliance assessment.
This workshop will introduce participants to the energy modeling process in the form of a game, where "integrated" cohorts of designers, code officials, modelers and building owners are exposed to competitive rounds selecting energy efficiency measures (EEMs) for a prototype building.
Date and Time:
Thursday, January 26, 2017
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM CST
Waubonsee Community College - Academic & Professional Center
Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive
Sugar Grove, IL 60554
For more information and to register, visit the event page here
healthCulture of Health Leaders Program

Leadership development program for professionals seeking to advance health equity in their communities

Launched by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Culture of Health Leaders initiative offers a leadership development opportunity for people working in every field and profession who want to use their influence to advance health and equity. Through this program, leaders will be prepared to collaborate and provide transformative leadership to address health-related inequities in their communities. Past participants in the program have represented fields as diverse as architecture, education, urban farming, the arts and many others.

 The three-year program enables leaders to continue working in their home communities as they enhance their skills and apply new learnings to local challenges in real time. Over the course of the program, leaders will:

  • Receive an annual stipend of $20,000 per person-which can be used to cover salary, living expenses and more-for three consecutive years.
  • Develop high-level leadership skills through professional coaching, networking, and an advanced leadership curriculum.
  • Receive high-touch executive coaching from national leaders in areas such as futures and change management, health equity, and social innovation.
  • Initiate a bold Culture of Health project in the third year of the program.
Applications are now being accepted through February, 15, 2017.

To learn more about the Culture of Health Leaders program, visit the initiative's home page or review the application guidelines


meetingHealthy Living Meeting

Municipal staff are invited to attend a discussion of community-led healthy living programs 

Mayor Ruben Pineada will host and share his inspiration for and leadership in the Healthy West Chicago initiative.  His 'Move with the Mayor Walks' have gotten hundreds of residents up and moving. In DuPage, healthy living programs aim to address childhood obesity through the Forward coalition. 

Other municipal programs such as B Well Bensenville, Streets Alive Evanston, Bike Fest Niles  and Let's Move, Franklin Park will be discussed.  All municipalities are invited to participate. 

Discussions may also include the Billion Step Challenge from the American Public Health Association. 

For additional information or to RSVP for the event, please contact Edith Makra with the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus at emakra@mayorscaucus.org. You can also notify Edith if you are interested in giving a presentation.
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