July 2017 Newsletter
News & Updates
Upcoming Dates
Elected Official Training- August 24th
9:00-noon (see below)

GWRPC Board of Directors Meeting- Albion, IL  
September 21, 2017- 6:30 p.m.

Elected Official Training
When: August 24th (9:00- 12:00 PM)

Where: Olney Central College Performing Arts Theater

Confirmed Presenters:

Illinois Department of Employment Security

Illinois Finance Authority 

U.S. Department of Agriculture/Rural Development

Illinois Department of Transportation 

State of Illinois-Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

Illinois Municipal League

Local Workforce Investment Area #23

Illinois Association of Counties

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Delta Regional Authority Invests $42,000 to Restore Gas Services to Village of Crossville After Tornado

The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) has provided $42,000 in emergency funding to help the Village of Crossville restore gas service to more than 300 residents after a tornado ripped through the area.

Greater Wabash Regional Planning Commission is the local development district for DRA. GWRPC wrote and will be administering the grant. GWRPC has assisted with DRA in the past and is looking forward to bringing some assisting on this project.

“Last month I traveled to Crossville to meet with Illinoisans that were devastated by the tornado and to survey the damage it caused. I can say with certainty that DRA’s emergency funding will substantially help this resilient community get back on its feet, and I thank the organization for its commitment to restoration efforts,” Governor Bruce Rauner said.

The telemetry system at Crossville’s water tower also was destroyed and affected water service to 566 customers. DRA’s investment will allow the entire telemetry system to be replaced.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin also expressed his appreciation for the support with recovery efforts. “Thanks to this funding from the Delta Regional Authority, the residents of Crossville were able to get back on their feet in a quick and timely manner following devastating storms,” said Senator Durbin

Local leaders welcomed the swift response from DRA.  “The Village of Crossville is thankful that the DRA has the ability to act quickly and decisively to make an emergency investment in our town. The Village’s gas regulator station was destroyed and our residents were without gas for two days before these restorations,” said Village President Henry Feldmann.

DRA is committed to helping communities get back on their feet quickly after disasters, an important part of the agency’s goals,” DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill said.

About the Delta Regional Authority

The Delta Regional Authority is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives through strategic investments in economic development in 252 counties and parishes across eight states. To date, the DRA’s SEDAP investments, together with its state and local partners, have leveraged federal resources into nearly $3.5 billion in public and private investment for local small business owners, entrepreneurs, workforce improvement, and infrastructure development projects. Learn more at dra.gov.

Wabash Valley Service Company Open House

The Wabash Valley Service Company hosted their open house for the community to come celebrate and tour the new grain bin office at their Grayville location. The open house was held on Sunday, June 11th from 1 to 5 pm.

Visitors were able to get to know the team and learn more about how they built the offices in a grain bin. All attendees were entered into a drawing for a chance to win Cardinal tickets. Light refreshments were served at the open house. A flag presentation was conducted by the VFW at 2:00 pm. Overall there were over 700 attendees.

  Total Eclipse Anticipated to Come Through Southern Illinois 

On August 21st of this year there will be a total eclipse.  This is a very rare event but can only be seen on the actual path of the eclipse.  From our region, you will not be able to see the eclipse.  If you are within the red area, you will be able to see it. If you are on the actual path, it will be the longest duration.  In Carbondale, it will be over 1 minute in length.  There will also be another total eclipse which will travel through our region in about 7 years.  Both of these events are dependent on the weather.

SIU is planning a huge Astronomy, Science, Tech Expo and Fair for this day and is offering tickets to watch the eclipse within their football stadium. SIU is anticipating several hundred thousand people to flock to Southern Illinois to see the eclipse. SIU is selling tickets for $25; only $5 if you are a student. The event is supposed to last 3 hours starting at 11:50 and 2:40 with total darkness at 1:21 p.m.  This total eclipse is different from the partial eclipse the rest of the country will see. In the path of totality that goes directly over Carbondale, the sun will be completely blotted out. It will get dark enough for street lights to turn on, the temperature will drop and bright stars will be visible in the sky. For 2 minutes, 38 seconds, it will be like night in the middle of day. You can see this from anywhere along the path of totality in Southern Illinois, but the best view will be at SIU Carbondale.  http://eclipse.siu.edu/tickets/ 
Below is a map of the eclipse's path over Southern Illinois.

Sarah Mann , Executive Director
Greater Wabash Regional Planning Commission
(618) 445-3612