City of Sandwich reports positive development in 2018

Mayor Rick Olson named several projects that were instrumental in the City’s growth this past year. Meadowvale, Inc. a manufacturer of dairy desserts relocated from Yorkville, IL to the City of Sandwich this past year. In addition, Northwestern Medicine’s acquisition of the KishHealth System and its Valley West Hospital was another positive for the City of Sandwich.

DCEDC is would like to congratulate our public and private partners in the City of Sandwich on their accomplishments. DCEDC supports and also provides assistance. For example, the DeKalb County Enterprise Zone incentive program is available to businesses located within the zone. Meadowvale, Inc. participated in this tax savings program.

If your business is planning to build, expand or relocate to participating communities located within the DeKalb County Enterprise Zone (participating communities include-Cortland, DeKalb, Genoa, Sandwich, Sycamore or Waterman), please contact DCEDC by calling Paul Borek, DeKalb County Enterprise Zone Administrator, or Jan Kinczewski at 815-895-2711 for boundary and program information. One call could save you significant tax dollars.

To read the full article, as published in the Daily Chronicle on 12/26/2018, please click on the link

Date posted: December 26, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on Sandwich, Illinois

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As we near the end of 2018, DCEDC would like to express our profound appreciation to our 15 Annual Event Sponsors for another amazing year of their continued support.

Consider joining this DYNAMIC group of organizations. By doing so, you can expect DCEDC to be diligent in providing your organization with prominent exposure throughout all the DCEDC marketing channels such as our News and Events area of the website (, Constant Contact, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and our print promotional materials. There are several other program benefits. Check it out by clicking here
Once again, we appreciate the continued endorsement of our organization. We wish everyone a very prosperous year-end.

We look forward to growing this group in 2019!

Bayer, City of DeKalb, Illinois, Clayco, ComEd, DeKalb County Government, First Midwest Bank, First National Bank, IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC., Larson & Darby Group, Nicor Gas, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital, Superior Diesel, and Tate And Lyle .

Date posted: December 21, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on Thank you DCEDC Annual Event Sponsors 2018

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DCEDC Annual Business Meeting of Members


Thursday, December 13, 2018 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM CST
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DeKalb County Community Outreach Building
2500 North Annie Glidden Road
Five Seasons Room
DeKalb, IL 60115
Driving Directions

Dear Karen,

We extend an invitation to those who have a recorded contribution to our 2018 Fundraising/Membership campaign.


The respective committee chairs will be giving updates about:

  • Annual Dinner/State of the County & Events
  • Business Retention & Expansion
  • Fundraising/Membership
  • Workforce Development
  • Public Relations and Marketing
  • Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy 
    • Group #1-Talent Pipeline
    • Group #2-Target Industries
    • Group #3-Business Climate
    • Group #4-Branding Assets
    • Group #5-Countywide Collaboration


The President and Executive Committee members will make reports for Nominating, Personnel and Finance committees.


DCEDC Executive Director Paul Borek will highlight 2017 accomplishments and year to date activities. 


We kindly ask for your rsvp if you plan to attend.  The link is shown below.  There is no charge to attend.

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If you have questions concerning your 2018 membership, please contact us using the information below.


We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you at the meeting.




Karen Hoyle

DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation


Date posted: December 5, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on Notice-DCEDC Annual Business Meeting

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Why a is “Giving Tuesday” important to nonprofits?  As an organized 501c3 nonprofit, DCEDC relies on our contributors from the public and private sector year after year, to continue the work of our 31 year old organization.  Our mission is to attract diversified and sustainable economic growth within DeKalb County, Illinois. By doing so, the tax base is enhanced and new jobs are created. The tax-deductible donations that we are fortunate enough to receive allows us to do just this, all while working on new and aggressive initiatives each year.  in 2017, we began the process of a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, or CEDS plan. This undertaking is no small feat.  We are extremely fortunate to have partners to collaborate with us on this important project.  Partners engaged in the critical planning faucet are Northern Illinois University​ Center for Governmental Studies DeKalb County Community Foundation (IL)​ DeKalb County Farm Bureau​ DeKalb County Government​. The outcome of this intensive planning process, titled DeKalb County Thriving! yielded 5 goals.  Goal #1-Ensure DeKalb County has a talent pipeline that meets the needs of workers and employers. Goal #2-Identify target industries. Goal #3- Create a countywide business climate in DeKalb County that contributes to business success. Goal #4- Brand and promote the “DeKalb County Experience” that focuses on the county’s unique assets. Goal #5-Collaborate countywide to maximize the economic health of all communities in DeKalb County. This would not have been possible without financial support and the many hours volunteered by the DCEDC Board of Directors, Community Partners, both public and private, the staff of Center for Governmental Studies at NIU and the staff of DCEDC!


DCEDC is a strong proponent of enhancing value and the quality of life within DeKalb County.  To learn more DeKalb County nonprofits, visit the DeKalb County Community Foundation’s website-DeKalb County Community Foundation


If you would like to help champion economic development in DeKalb County, please visit website at  Contribute to DCEDC and consider making a tax-deductible donation today.  To read the Daily Chronicle story, please click on the link-Giving Tuesday


Date posted: November 27, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on The importance of Giving Tuesday

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Kishwaukee College Workforce and Community Education would like to invite you to participate in the DeKalb Workforce Development Office/ Kishwaukee College New Year, New Opportunities Career Fair, on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 from 1:00-4:00 pm.

This is an opportunity to gain access to excellent applicants for all your available job openings, at no cost to you. We have students and community members actively seeking a variety of employment opportunities and welcome an opportunity to speak with you.

The Career Fair will be located at:

DeKalb County Community Outreach Building, Blank Slate Room

2500 N. Annie Glidden Road Building C,

DeKalb, IL 60115

If your company is interested in participating, please register online at the link provided.

Once you have registered, you will receive an invoice (showing a zero balance) from College Central Network. Approximately 1 week before the event, you will receive a confirmation letter from our office with additional check-in information.

Please note: We are offering a few limited breakout sessions for the participants. If you would like to facilitate a session or if you have any questions please feel free to contact me at any time.

We look forward to your participation!




Linda Kocjan

Linda Kocjan

Employer Services Specialist

Workforce Development Office DeKalb

Date posted: November 21, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on New Year New Opportunities New Career Fair

Categories: DCEDC & Member Organizations Local Development News Regional Economic Updates

DCEDC is proud to share upbeat news about our public partner, the City of Genoa.

In 2017, the City lost Joe Misurelli, longtime City Administrator, only two days before Christmas.  DCEDC also lost a key collaborator and friend this day.  Mayor Mark Vicary reflected on Joe’s many accomplishments, and his cheerful demeanor.  Mayor Vicary also announced how the City of Genoa plans to honor this special individual.  A Tree of Honor program will provide an opportunity for residents to pay tribute to Joe and all that he meant to the City.

Vicary went on to share how the City has been resilient in their time of sudden loss.  They have added a new administrative consultant, and subdivisions will develop.

Click on the attached link to read the full article, written by Andrew King of Shaw Media. City of Genoa

Date posted: November 16, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on City of Genoa’s future is bright

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The new Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Health and Wellness Center will host a grand opening celebration on Saturday, November 10th, beginning at 8:00 AM-2:00 PM.

The 111,000 square foot facility features state-of-the-art equipment along with a staff of degreed and certified health professionals.  In addition, community wellness, diabetes education and Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group physicians from orthopedics and integrative medicine will have offices at the new center, with x-ray capabilities and consultation rooms.

The center will be a member-driven, nonprofit organization that will provide industry standards, educational programs, benchmarks, outcome measurements and professional development for the medical fitness industry.

Northwestern continues to provide exemplary value to DeKalb County businesses and residents.  DCEDC sincerely appreciates this and the significant investments of Northwestern Medicine to DeKalb County.

The full article can be viewed by clicking on the link-NW OPEN HOUSE

The open house flyer can be found here-Kish HWC event


Date posted: November 8, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Health & Wellness Center set to open

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DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association, Inc. will host an evening of networking, inspiration, food and fun!

The event will take place on Tuesday, November 13th 6:30 PM, Egyptian Theatre, DeKalb.  Please view the attached flyer for information on how to purchase tickets for this exciting event.


Date posted: November 8, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on Evening with Innovators Event-Sharing innovations in Food Systems of today, and tomorrow

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The DeKalb-Ogle County Workforce Development Consortium (aka DOWDC) began 6 years ago as a vision/pilot program.  The DCEDC Board of Directors and Executive staff recognized the strong need for this program.  This program evolved through the implementation of DCEDC’s industrial initiative.

Gene Fogle is a former Manufacturing professional, and Educator. Fogle accepted the challenge to oversee the pilot program.  One, of the many things that Gene facilitates for the high school youth interested in learning more about industrial careers and the required education, is hosting a Heavy Metal Tour each October.  On Friday, October 19th, over 100 high school students from Sycamore High School, DeKalb, High School, Genoa-Kingston High School, and Rochelle Township High School spent the day touring local businesses to learn more about careers within trades, engineering, and business.

We sincerely appreciate the educators for supporting this important program, the businesses who have graciously opened their facilities to the students, and the volunteers/chaperones. Daily Chronicle Reporter/Photographer Katie Finlon covered the tour.  Click here to read the complete article.  Heavy Metal Tour Article

DOWDC is a division of DCEDC. DCEDC is an organized 501 C 3 nonprofit organization.  Tax-deductible contributions are critical to continue this program. We sincerely appreciate your consideration and your support!

If you would like more information about this program, please contact Gene Fogle at 815-593-0865, or to email Gene, please click here



Date posted: October 22, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on DeKalb County EDC advocates workforce development through annual Heavy Metal Tour.

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