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University of Illinois Extension serving Christian, Jersey, Macoupin and Montgomery Counties

Montgomery County
#1 Industrial Park Dr.
Hillsboro, IL 62049
Phone: 217-532-3941
FAX: 217-532-3944
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4:30 pm

Christian County
1120 N Webster St.
Taylorville, IL 62568
Phone: 217-287-7246
FAX: 217-287-7248
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 11:30 am; 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Jersey County
201 W. Exchange St.
Suite A
Jerseyville, IL 62052
Phone: 618-498-2913
FAX: 618-498-5913
Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4 pm and Thursday 8 am to 12 pm

Macoupin County
#60 Carlinville Plaza
Carlinville, IL 62626
Phone: 217-854-9604
FAX: 217-854-7804
Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4:30 pm

News Release

Webinar to offer 5 Strategies for Attracting & Retaining Youth in Rural Communities

Join us for a free webinar & lunch on Thursday, September 28, 2017, from Noon to 1:00 p.m. The webinar will be located at the Montgomery County Extension Office in Hillsboro, IL. There are a number of things that local government officials can do to help their communities retain youth. Meet local individuals who share the same concerns with retaining youth in rural communities. Based on research done at the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship in Lincoln, Nebraska over the last decade, the speaker, Pamela Schallhorn, Extension Educator for Community and Economic Development, will provide five strategies communities can use to get young people to stay in their communities or return after college.

Pamela works with community leaders, economic development professionals, Extension colleagues, and university faculty to develop programs that address local needs and mesh with broader state and national interdisciplinary initiatives. She has a background in local government education, finance, small business development, entrepreneurship, downtown redevelopment, strategic planning, poverty alleviation and diversity. Pamela holds a master’s degree in Political Studies from the University of Illinois Springfield and a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb.

There is no cost to attend the webinars, however pre-registration is required.  Register at or call 217-532-3941. For more information, contact Valerie Belusko, Community & Economic Development Program Coordinator at 217-532-3941 or

University of Illinois Extension provides practical education that help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. For more information visit the Unit 18 website at or contact your local Extension office.


Local Contact: Valerie Belusko, Program Coordinator,