Connect SI: Collaborating for Regional Prosperity

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Community Initiatives
The Connect SI Foundation strives to create economic prosperity for southern Illinois by connecting people with resources critical to regional sustainability. As a neutral convener, we are committed to encouraging collaboration that results in shared progress throughout our region. To achieve our vision, the following initiatives were developed under the leadership of Connect SI partners:

  • Agriculture — The Connect SI Foundation is working on a Local Food System Development initiative for southern Illinois. We are currently in the process of organizing a Local Food System Forum to engage various sectors in collaborative discussions on how to advance local food production as an economic driver for our region. Read more >>

  • Broadband Technology The Connect SI Foundation is well known for its success and on-going efforts to bring expanded broadband coverage to southern Illinois. Broadband technology contributes to our economic growth and prosperity goals by helping people and businesses connect with information, customers, and each other — no matter where they choose to live and work in beautiful southern Illinois! Read more >>

  • Healthcare — Healthy, sustainable communities depend on a vibrant healthcare industry to provide local access to high quality care and good
    jobs for the people who support these services. The Connect SI Foundation partners with community colleges and our region’s healthcare industry to facilitate Health Information Exchange work, and support online Registered Nursing curricula, including Delta Simulation Training Labs for nursing students.

  • Lead SI — A leadership development program designed for our region’s best and brightest high school students. Fostering a deep appreciation of southern Illinois, engaging future leaders in peer networking, and helping them to learn important leadership and community development skills — Lead SI graduates represent the future of southern Illinois!  Read more >>

  • Project Netwise — is a community-based effort to promote safe Internet practices to students and senior citizens in southern Illinois. Read more >>

  • Smart Broadband for Small Business Awards — recognizes 12 Southern Illinois small businesses that utilize wired or wireless broadband as a key component of their success. Read more >>

Past Initiatives

  • Future of Energy — "Connecting with the Future of Energy" series, co-sponsored by the SIUC Coal Research Center and Connect SI, joined members of the community in conversations with energy experts to explore the future of energy resources in southern Illinois. Read more >>

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