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Revitalizing Energy Communities in the Illinois Basin

September 29 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm CDT

The Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization invites you to join us for an in-depth discussion on the effort to revitalize energy communities within the Illinois Basin.

In partnership with Southern Illinois University Carbondale, the IWG will host a free workshop on Thursday, Sept 29, 2022, to engage community leaders and identify opportunities for regional economic diversification and growth in the Illinois Basin in response to coal mine and power plant closures.

Revitalizing Energy Communities in the Illinois Basin aims to convene a broad cross section of relevant stakeholders including economic development leaders; regional, state, and municipal officials; legislators; and representatives from the private sector, labor, philanthropy, academia, nongovernmental organizations and more.

The Illinois Basin is one of six regions in the country identified as most vulnerable to further declines in coal-related employment. The region includes three of the Biden Administration’s top 25 priority energy communities: #6 West Kentucky non-metropolitan area, #12 South Illinois non-metropolitan area, and #14 Southern Indiana non-metropolitan area.

The workshop is designed to help energy communities:

  • Connect energy workers and communities with federal resources;
  • Advance economic development in rural coal communities; and
  • Build sustainable, effective relationships throughout the Illinois Basin region.

Date:                     Thursday, September 29, 2022

Time:                    9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Central Time

Location:             Southern Illinois University Carbondale
                             1263 Lincoln Drive
                             Carbondale, IL 62901-6899

Space is limited, and registration is required to attend.




Central Time

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Brian Anderson
Executive Director
Energy Communities Interagency Working Group

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Other Federal, State and Regional Officials

9:00 a.m.

Illinois Basin Panel

A panel of officials and community leaders from around the Illinois basin discussing region-specific issues, lessons learned and best practices.

9:30 a.m.


10:20 a.m.


10:45 a.m.

Federal Funding Opportunities for Energy Communities

A response from federal officials focusing on a tailored list of funding opportunities and programs relevant to the Illinois basin.

11:00 a.m.


11:50 a.m.

Lunch Break

12:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Simultaneous, small-group discussions organized around topics suggested by community members and leaders.

1:00 p.m.

Report Outs & Concluding Thoughts

Moderators briefly summarize the discussion from each breakout session. SIU and the IWG leadership team offer summary remarks.

2:00 p.m.

Workshop Concludes

2:30 p.m.


September 29
9:00 am - 2:30 pm CDT


Southern Illinois University Carbondale
1263 Lincoln Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901-6899 United States
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