Implementing economic development into helping lift area residents out of poverty is a new challenge being taken on by a central Illinois non-profit.
Alison Rumler-Gomez is the Executive Director of Community Action and indicates she has been doing a lot of traveling lately to get her certification in economic development. As she navigates that process, she has learned opportunities in the workforce are shifting.
As rural America struggles to advance and provide job opportunities for its citizens, Rumler-Gomez indicates their mission of lifting people out of poverty is dependent on having jobs to show them and help get them into.
Having a group like Community Action that has services for the elderly and services for young families in poverty also makes a community appealing. She indicates to further economic development in their organization, they are reaching out to the private sector but also local schools, local government and she notes they've even had success in reaching out to faith-based organizations and partnering with them.