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
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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

Categories: DCEDC & Member Organizations

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

Categories: DCEDC & Member Organizations Local Development News

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. http://bit.ly/2QuAgLd

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

Categories: DCEDC & Member Organizations Local Development News

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

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

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

Categories: DCEDC & Member Organizations Local Development News

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.

Categories: DCEDC & Member Organizations Local Development News

The Curran Group, Inc. is celebrating 100 years in business!  Curran Contracting Company, a division of the Curran Group, is a founding member of DCEDC.  We are very proud to share their milestone. A company built on strong core values with a diverse and sustainable business plan, resulting in 100 years of success.

The company’s roots trace back to the Ice and Coal delivery business in 1918.  In 1938, the company embarked on the road construction business in McHenry County, IL, hence the birth of Curran Contracting Company. Curran Contracting Company operates a plant in DeKalb, IL on County Farm Road.

Take a little time to watch their video where you will learn about their diversity and core values. The attached link will take you to their page where you can click on the video link title “Discover more-Watch our 100 Year Anniversary  Video”   http://www.currangroup.com/

Thank you Curran Group, Inc./Curran Contracting Company for your significant investment in DeKalb County, IL and the 31 years of supporting DCEDC.  We wish you another 100 years of continued success!

Date posted: October 19, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on Curran Group, Inc. Celebrates 100 Years

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

Kishwaukee College will be holding a Job Fair on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018.

Kishwaukee College offers a wide array of programs for students of all ages.  They employ over 150 Adjunct Faculty and Training Specialists. They currently have a demand for professionals to instruct their growing student population.

See the attached flyer for information. FA18 Adjunct Job Fair CHAMBER BLAST[2]


Date posted: October 19, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on Job Fair at Kishwaukee College

Categories: DCEDC & Member Organizations Local Development News

Community partnerships are critical.  In the article published in the Daily Chronicle, representatives of 3M Corporation’s Community Support Group out of their DeKalb, IL Distribution Center, awarded 10 nursing students at Kishwaukee College with Littman stethoscopes.

Click on the link to read the article.  3M and Kish College 

Date posted: October 18, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on 3M Corporation-A philanthropic leader

Categories: DCEDC & Member Organizations Local Development News