Will County partners with City of Joliet and local organizations to host community needs meetings

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To provide local residents and business owners with an opportunity to voice their ideas on community investing, Will County is partnering with the Town of Joliet and local organizations to host R3 Neighborhood Residents Meetings. (Restore, reinvest and renew). These meetings will focus on solutions regarding the five pillars of civil legal aid, economic development, reintegration, violence prevention and youth development.

“These meetings provide a great opportunity for residents of the Grand Joliet area to offer perspective and ideas on how to meet the ongoing needs in our neighborhoods,” said Will County Director Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant. can identify funding opportunities in the five R3 pillars that focus on long-term solutions.

The state-wide R3 program was created as a key element of the fairness of the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act enacted in 2019, which diverts 25% of tax revenue from sale of cannabis to support communities affected by economic divestment. The ongoing process of collaborative assessment and planning will identify community needs that could be considered in future grant opportunities.

R3 meetings will help identify existing resources in a community, measure gaps and opportunities within existing programs, foster linkages between organizations to better meet those needs, and develop a strategic plan to meet the priorities of the community. R3.

“This process has been a great partnership between the County of Will, the Town of Joliet and local organizations,” said Derek Conley, Director of Economic Development for the Town of Joliet. “Community contribution and engagement are extremely important when planning the future of our neighborhoods. We look forward to hearing from the community at upcoming R3 neighborhood meetings.

Meetings will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday October 26 and Thursday October 28 at the Nowell Park Recreation Center, 199 Mills Road in Joliet. Refreshments will be served and community organizations will be present to share information about the services. Additional dates and locations of meetings will be announced.

More information about the State of Illinois R3 program can be found at: https://r3.illinois.gov/

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