Extension to provide workshop on the 'Creative Economy'


Program features downtown LaSalle's successful rejuvenation efforts

LA SALLE - On Thursday, May 16 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., the University of Illinois Extension in collaboration with the City of LaSalle and the Canal Corridor Association will offer a workshop for entrepreneurs, community leaders and economic development professionals. The program will be presented by Pam Schallhorn, a Community & Economic Development Educator for Illinois Extension, at the University of Illinois Extension—Education Center & Community Teaching Kitchen, 944 First St., LaSalle.

Developing a Creative Economy workshop was designed for those interested in tapping into the creative talent in their communities to build viable creative enterprises by developing a culture that appreciates and supports the creative sector. Creative entrepreneurs include artists, designers (all types), musicians, boutique retailers, specialty food producers and others. The program also offers ways to start-up and fund creative enterprises. Examples include microbreweries, pop-up shops, co-businesses, art co-ops, outdoor markets, music festivals and internet cafes. All of these have been shown to be the “third spaces” needed to attract young adults back to a community.

“The City of La Salle and its Historic Downtown District continues to grow and thrive each day. New businesses and developers continue to have interest in what the City of La Salle has to offer,” said Katherine Koyak, Economic Development Director, City of La Salle. “We are excited to partner with U of I Extension to promote, encourage, and educate new entrepreneurs and small business in our community.”

Pam Schallhorn lived and worked in LaSalle and the surrounding area. In 2001, she proposed, in collaboration with the Canal Corridor Association, the development of an historic district in downtown LaSalle. “I am excited to be invited to present in LaSalle and to have the opportunity to see all of the great things the area has been doing,” she said.

Schallhorn has been an educator with Illinois Extension since 2014 and her teaching and research interests include the creative sector economy, entrepreneurial development, downtown redevelopment and reversing the outmigration of youth from rural communities.

“The Canal Corridor Association is pleased to see the redevelopment of historic downtown LaSalle in the last 11 years since we invested in bringing visitors to the I&M Canal Visitor Center and Canal Boat and look forward to being part of the next chapter for this important canal town,” said Ana B. Koval, President of the Canal Corridor Association.

Jill Guynn, County Director, University of Illinois Extension – Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit, said the University of Illinois Extension is excited to bring community and economic development educational programs to the Illinois Valley area. “Extension has resources and programs in leadership development, community planning, building entrepreneurial communities and more,” she noted. “We hope you can join us on May 16 to learn more from Pam on expanding local opportunities!”

The cost of the workshop is $20 and reservations must be received before May 15. Register now at https://go.illinois.edu/Economy or for more information, call the University of Illinois Extension office at (815) 224-0889. If you need a reasonable accommodation, please indicate when registering. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs.

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