Tornado Recovery Information- Donations Needed


Due to the overwhelming response of donations of goods, there are no more donations being accepted as we do not have any more space to house what’s been received.

Gift Cards – The Kirkland Fire Department is still accepting donations of gift cards and Visa/Mastercard debit cards at the Fire Station located 3891 State Route 72, Kirkland.

 Monetary Donations – An Official Go Fund Me account has been established at Alpine Bank in Kirkland for anyone looking to make monetary donations. Please proceed to the link below:


Rochelle, IL

Do Not Send Donations of clothing, food, water, etc. Officials are requesting that the general public refrain from those donations as we do not need these items.  We prefer that donations:

Donations of gift cards may be delivered to the Rochelle Fire Department, located at 401 5th Avenue in Rochelle.

Monetary donations may be made through the Rochelle Area Community Foundation at rochellefoundation.org or via postal mail at PO Box 74, Rochelle, IL 61068.



May 5th, 2015

The DeKalb County Community Foundation will be hosting a National Day of Community Giving on May 5th, 2015.  DCCF began a National Day of Community Giving in 2014 as a centennial celebration of community foundations.  The objective of the day is to connect more people to local causes.  Last year, nearly $120,000 was raised for 43 funds.  This year’s goal is to raise $200,000!  For any questions please visit http://www.dekalbccf.org/ or contact Gretchen Ahrens at gretchen@dekalbccf.org

DCEDC Give Local page: https://givelocaldekalbcounty.org/#npo/dekalb-county-economic-development-corporation

Business Expansion/Visitation Program

DCEDC is conducting a Business Retention/Expansion Visitation Program with the help of ComEd and the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) designed to support local industry and to improve the business environment throughout the county.  Our goal is to learn what it will take to retain, nurture and expand DeKalb County businesses.  The program involves visits to local firms, where we will conduct interviews to identify concerns, needs and opportunities.  A proven survey tool will be used to organize information gathered.  Our specific objectives are to:

  1. Learn about the strengths and weaknesses of the local business environment.
  2. Identify and react to business expansion opportunities and retention threats.
  3. Communicate available business development resources.
  4. Enhance communication between businesses and local leaders.

All of the information shared, is considered strictly confidential.  Visits will begin in June and conclude in early 2015.  It is our hope that we will have 60 appointments secured with at least 50 completed surveys.  If you are interested in helping DCEDC or participating, please contact us at 815-895-2711, or by email to:  borek@dcedc.org or hoyle@dcedc.org

Why DeKalb County?

The competitive advantages of DeKalb County are recognized by industry. During the past three years, 19 industrial firms relocated to, or expanded in DeKalb County. In 2010, the county accounted for 28% of all industrial development that occurred in the Chicago Metro Area, while representing only 1% of the region’s population.To learn why you should invest in DeKalb County Click Here.

DCEDC Initiatives

Manufacturing and Industry Employers: Take Advantage of Workforce Training and Career Development Programs

Wanted: Manufacturers to Guide/Benefit from Skills Training – Accelerated training in Welding, Safety, CNC, Logistics and Mechatronics (Equipment Service and Repair) will being provided to 133 workforce candidates in DeKalb and surrounding counties.

Safety/Sustainability Training and Consulting Services are available free-of-charge to companies with 100 or fewer employees.

Industrial Career Development – The DeKalb Ogle County Industrial Workforce Consortium’s Industrial Workforce Coordination Pilot Program is off to a great start.

Click Here to learn more about these opportunities to enhance your workforce.

Contributor Benefits

  • Reduced rates to attend DCEDC Events

  • Sponsor opportunities to market your business @ select events

  • Self-Managed company profile on the dcedc website

  • Listed in select print materials

  • Listing on the DCEDC Website

  • Eligible to participate in social media channel promotions

  • Access to event presentation materials

  • Invitation to attend DCEDC’s Annual Business Meeting Luncheon

  • Contributions to DCEDC are eligible to be tax deductible*

  • Supporting  DCEDC’s public/private partnership will further enable us to retain/expand existing business and industry, and attract sustainable and diversified economic growth in DeKalb County.