IMTS Reaches the Imagination of Youth and Industry-By, Gene Fogle, Program Coordinator D.O.W.D.C.,

a division of DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation.

 

Whether you want to see cars picked up and repositioned for inspection, study rocketry, communicate with robots or see the latest in 5-axis numeric controlled machinery, the place to be is the International Manufacturing Technology Show at McCormick Place in Chicago. In fact, students from DeKalb and Rochelle High Schools made the trip on Tuesday, September 11, to see all of this and more. Coordinated by the DeKalb/Ogle Workforce Development Consortium the first trip of the year went well for two busloads of students and their chaperones.

Every other year, the IMTS comes to Chicago and fills McCormick Place. The world’s major equipment manufacturers represented, showing their equipment, and exchanging ideas. The secret is to match the “Doer’s with the Dreamer’s.”  Who dreamed that you could do 3-D printing with metal? Who dreamed that you could build equipment that works on five-axis? What is the “Industrial Internet of Things?”

To engage the youth who might be interested in manufacturing, an entire floor is dedicated to the “Student Smartforce Summit.”  Welcomed by Greg Jones, Vice President of Smartforce Development for the Association of Manufacturing Technology the students get birds-eye view of what they can see in the Smartforce level and what they can see on the main show floor. The Rippl3D Air Rocket Challenge allows students to design build and compete with air rockets. Create-A-Skate Learning Lab allows you to design and create a skateboard – digitally. All kinds of things to trigger your imagination and to act as a compass for your career-path.

A recent study from Deloitte reveals that by the year 2025 there will a need for 3 million people in manufacturing. Machine operators, programmers, equipment maintenance and an extensive list of other positions are available. The problem is that 2 million of those jobs will go unfilled, because there is not enough talent available to fill the void.

The show runs until September 15th, so if you want to feed your imagination head to McCormick Place or find a student who attended this fabulous show. Meanwhile make friends with a robot, it may be in your future.

 

 

 

Date posted: September 13, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on Perspective from DeKalb-Ogle Workforce Development Consortium

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Save the Date-Thursday, October 18th from 7:00 AM-2:00 PM (CST), Nicor Gas, along with People’s Gas and North Shore Gas will present the 2018 Public Sector Energy Efficiency Expo.

Why should you attend?
Hear about the latest trends in energy efficiency
Consult with energy and innovation experts
Learn about offerings to help you save energy and money in your facilities
Registration is FREE

Details will follow. Questions, please contact 877-886-4239 or email  Email for questions

 

 

 

Date posted: August 28, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on Save the Date! Energy Efficiency Expo for the Public Sector, a Nicor Gas Program

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DCEDC View-Paul Borek, Executive Director

If you are a small-business owners, entrepreneur or contemplating starting a business, we encourage you to attend the Small Business Resource Fair on Thursday, August 30th from 4:00 PM-7:00 PM at the DeKalb County Community Outreach Building.

On Thursday, October 4th DCEDC will host their annual State of the County Annual Dinner Event.  Jason Dickinson-Director, Supply Chain Operations for 3M Corporation will headline the evening.  This is the largest member sponsored event hosted by dcedc.  For a limited time, a large assortment of sponsor packages are available.  Visit the Events page on our website.

To view the Daily Chronicle article, click on the link-DCEDC News!

 

Date posted: August 14, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on Resource Fair set for small businesses, entrepreneurs & 3M Executive to headline DCEDC’s Annual Dinner

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DeKalb County Thriving! CEDS Plan implementation process has begun. We are providing the comprehensive information in the links below.

Please contact Paul Borek, Executive Director for questions!  Paul can be reached at 815-508-2427 or 815-895-2711, or by email at: borek@dcedc.org

To view the full report-please click on the attached link-DeKalb County CEDS Final Full Report_for transmittal 6.28.18

To view the Executive Summary-please click on the attached link-DeKalb County CEDS Final Exec Sum_for transmittal 6.28.18

To view the 6 Industry Clusters-please click on the links below-

Industury Cluster Profile Computer and Electronics Final_for transmittal 6.28.18

Industry Cluster Profile Transportation, Logistics, and Distribution Final_for transmittal 6-28-18

Industry Cluster Profile Research, Development & IT Final_for transmittal 6.28.18

Industry Cluster Profile Machinery Manufacturing Final_for transmittal 6.28.18

Industry Cluster Profile Fab Metal Pro Man Final_for transmittal 6.28.18

Industry Cluster Profile Creative Economy Final_for transmittal 6.28.18

Date posted: August 10, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on DeKalb County Thriving! To Grow DeKalb County, IL Economy

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Kishwaukee College is poised to expand their course offerings because of a generous donation. The college recently received a donated Fanuc robot.  This is wonderful news! This initiative will assist local students as they prepare for rewarding careers in manufacturing.  DeKalb County is rich in manufacturing and there are many careers that await these up and coming manufacturing career seekers!

Click on the link to read Daily Chronicle reporter Christopher Heimerman’s article. Kish College Robotics

Date posted: August 10, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on Kishwaukee College & Robots

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DeKalb County recently celebrated “National Night Out”.  National Night Out allows area first-responders and the community to mingle.

Click on the attached article published by the Daily Chronicle/Shaw Media correspondent Aimee Barrows about this family night of fun! National Night Out

Date posted: August 8, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on Businesses Support National Night Out-A Community Event

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On Thursday, October 4th 2018, DCEDC will host our biggest and best event of the year.  We are pleased to announce that Jason Dickinson, Director, Supply Chain Operations for 3M Corporation will be delivering the keynote address to our guests. Please click on the attached link to read Jason’s impressive biography.  Jason Dickinson Biography

We will hold the event at the beautiful Faranda’s Banquet Center, 302 Grove Street, DeKalb, IL 60115 . The event will begin at 5:00 PM and conclude at approximately 8:30 PM.

Reservations will be accepted now, through September 28th. Advanced pricing ends September 4th, 2018. Standard pricing ends at 5:00 PM on September 28th, 2018.

*DCEDC Reservation Policy applies. Cancellations must be issued in writing to hoyle@dcedc.org no later than 9/26/2018. A successful registration provides an email confirmation.  If you did not receive one, the reservation was not successful.  Please call us at 815 895 2711 or email us at hoyle@dcedc.org.  Google Chrome is the recommended browser.

Please enter your registration information below.

Thank you 2018 Annual Dinner Sponsors for your support!


Special thanks to our loyal Annual Event Sponsors shown below, for your ongoing support all year!

Date posted: July 31, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on 2018 DCEDC Annual Dinner & State of the County Event

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DCEDC is pleased to announce Jason Dickinson, Director of Supply Chain Operations for 3M, a Global Supply Chain leader, as our keynote speaker.

Reminder to DCEDC Members, this is our largest Member-Sponsored event during the year. There are several opportunities to highlight your business organization’s goods and service.  1st time Sponsors will receive an exclusive offer.

Online registrations will begin August 1st, 2018.  Please visit DCEDC Events, please click here!

Jason Dickinson’s impressive biography can be found here-Jason Dickinson Biography

 

 

Date posted: July 26, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on 3M’s Director of Supply Chain Operations Jason Dickinson, to Keynote DCEDC Annual Dinner on October 4th

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