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Southern Illinois Regional Assessment Project (SIRAP)

Primary objectives:

  • Assess a 20-county region in southern Illinois, including stakeholder perspectives of emerging threats and opportunities
  • Assess the role of Dixon Springs Agricultural Center from the perspective of regional stakeholders

SIRAP fast facts:

  • The project began in May 2006.
  • The research was conducted by Dr. Courtney Flint and Dr. Stephen Gasteyer, rural sociologists in the College of ACES. Flint and Gasteyer and their team of student researcher assistants produced a set of draft reports and fact sheets covering multiple dimensions of the 20-county region.
  • Funding for the project was provided by the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the State of Illinois.
  • The final version of the SIRAP Report is available below as PDF files. All materials copyright © 2007 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. All rights reserved.