The DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) invites you to invest in our public/private partnership. DCEDC needs to attract and grow more businesses, increase the size and competency of the workforce and strengthen its business climate to expand the tax base and increase prosperity in DeKalb County.

Selected as a top four finalist in the Toyota Mazda auto assembly plant competition during 2017, DeKalb County is on the verge of significant development that will transform it into an economic powerhouse. The county together with participating municipalities and taxing bodies have dedicated development incentives to the DeKalb County Enterprise Zone to accelerate business expansion and attraction. In addition, each year our public partners provide 30% of DCEDC operating revenues as seed money to leverage the remaining 70% (over $300,000) in private contributions and operating revenue to promote economic development in DeKalb County. DCEDC needs your investment to champion economic transformation in DeKalb County.

2017 Accomplishments

  • Capital Investment: $135 million; Industrial Development: 450,000 Sq. Ft., and Job Creation: 800.
  • Target named an Edie Award winner by Illinois Chamber of Commerce and Illinois Economic Development Association for $50 million investment in the conversion of DeKalb regional distribution center to a national upstream distribution center adding 400 jobs.
  • Business Attraction: Ignatius Press, Floor Mart, Meadowvale, Solotech.
  • Expansion: 1803 Candles, Custom Aluminum Products, DC Trash, DeKalb County Lifts, Gord Industrial Plastics, Innovative Growers, J6 Polymers, LEDiL of Finland, The Suter Company and Theisen Roofing.
  • Research & Development: IDEAL-NIU Intrapreneurship Program expanded in DeKalb.
  • Established business development relationships in Asia as part of Illinois’ Trade Mission to Japan and China.

2018 Plans

  • Promote DeKalb County at trade shows, networking events and recruitment appointments with site selectors, industrial brokers & corporate business executives in cooperation with INTERSECT Illinois and the I-39 Logistics Corridor.
  • Increase awareness of DeKalb County by promoting distinct assets and success stories through Digital Marketing.
  • Work with investors/developers to create diverse shovel ready sites in business and industrial parks.
  • Expand career and workforce development relationships with businesses, workers, schools and students.
  • Coordinate implementation of DeKalb County Thriving! Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS Plan).

These ambitious and necessary initiatives cannot be undertaken without your support. We ask that you be as generous as you can in selecting your tax-deductible contribution to our 501 (c) (3) charitable organization.

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Date posted: May 8, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on DCEDC’s 2018 Fundraising Campaign

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ComEd updates their Economic Development Fact Sheet.  Areas of note related to energy attributes include-

  • Reliable performance
  • Competitive rates
  • Energy efficient programs
  • Renewable energy options
  • Rider DE benefits

Details can be found by clicking on the linkComEd Economic Development Factsheet – April 2018

To view ComEd’s video, click here-





Date posted: May 7, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on ComEd publishes ED Fact Sheet

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Dominique Watson’s Academic Achievements

Dominique Watson of Bolingbrook, Illinois, and Graduate Research Assistant at the DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Watson was initiated at Northern Illinois University.

“Watson is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.”

-The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Watson is also an honoree of this year’s Outstanding Graduate Student Award, where she was nominated by the faculty under the Department of Geographic and Atmospheric Science, and a recipient of the Richard E. Dalberg Scholarship that is awarded to undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a degree in Geography with an emphasis in cartography or GIS.

Date posted: April 30, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on Spotlight on DCEDC’s Graduate Research Assistant, Dominique Watson

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If you are looking for resources, you will want to check out the following information that we have received from our partner organizations. There will be three different informative workshops and/or seminars, for those interested in starting their own business in Illinois, learning about traditional and alternative funding, and the basic elements of starting a successful business.  The individual flyers for the respective events, are posted below.



2018 Starting Your Business


Date posted: April 19, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on 3 Workshops/Seminars for Businesses & Aspiring Entrepreneurs

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We often receive inquiries for businesses that are located inside the Sycamore Industrial Park (421 North California Street, Sycamore, IL 60178). As a courtesy, we have attached a map for quick reference when looking for a business location/building.  Please see the attached map.  SIPA BUSINESSES 04172018

Date posted: April 17, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on Business Directory for the Sycamore Industrial Park (SIPA) Inc.

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