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The Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs based at Western Illinois University bringing attention to the issue of grocery stores in small towns. Their work on the subject landed them recognition from the Google Impact Challenge says IIRA economic development specialist John Gruidl.


As one of the Google winners, the IIRA will receive $75,000 and training from the Google team to jump start it’s ideas. IIRA and WIU now has the opportunity to receive an additional $250,000 from Google for the People’s Choice Award.