We wish to thank all our supporters (public/private/individual) for their generous contribution given to our nonprofit organization during 2018.

We appreciate everyone’s interest and the financial support of our organization and the strong show of attendance at our quality educational events that we have hosted throughout the year.

A summary of what we worked on this past year. We began the implementation process of five goals that resulted from our work in the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy/CEDS Plan. To date, all five working groups are meeting monthly. We attended trade shows, networking events, and recruitment appointments to increase industrial development, which has resulted in many new jobs, by promoting DeKalb County and enhancing the tax base. We responded to many RFI’s and remain on multiple short lists. We also conducted a digital marketing plan to promote our distinct assets and success stories through this form of marketing. These initiatives would not be possible without the support of our contributors, those who are listed in the attached that was published on January 25th in the Daily Chronicle.

Bravo to our 2018 Economic Development Champions. We sincerely appreciate the support. We look forward to working with all on DCEDC’s 2019 goals! Stay tuned for our Fundraising Kickoff 2019 later next month. We always welcome new members, so please feel free to help us recruit new members by contacting DCEDC staff.

2018 Contributors of DCEDC PDF click here

Date posted: January 29, 2019 | Author: | Comments Off on THANK YOU CONTRIBUTORS!

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DCEDC will host their annual Economic Outlook Luncheon event on Thursday, April 11th, with favored keynote speaker, Mr. Bill Strauss, Senior Economist Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.  This will be our first Member-Sponsored event of 2019.  Watch for event details to be released the week of February 11th.


Date posted: January 25, 2019 | Author: | Comments Off on DCEDC Annual Economic Outlook Luncheon-Save the Date

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Mike Cullen served on the DCEDC Board of Directors for many years, holding the role of President during his tenure.  Cullen is also a longtime supporter of the work of DCEDC.

The Annual Celebration Dinner encompasses the DeKalb Chamber’s Annual Meeting, recognition of new and retiring Board Members, induction of the Pioneer and Business Leaders Hall of Fame, and announcement of the Ambassador of the Year, Nonprofit Organization and Business of the Year Awards.  Last evening, longtime Chamber supporter and area businessman, Mike Cullen was inducted into the Chamber’s 2019 Hall of Fame.  DCEDC congratulates Mike on this tremendous honor.

Date posted: January 25, 2019 | Author: | Comments Off on First Midwest Bank Regional President Mike Cullen inducted into the DeKalb Chamber Hall of Fame

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DCEDC is a strong proponent of collaboration and so is our longtime supporter, First National Bank of Omaha. Tonight, is the annual First National Bank Challenge for DeKalb School District 428 and Sycamore Community School District 427 High School Basketball Teams.

Taken from the FNBO website: Together, we can make our communities thrive. The challenge event was created to increase attendance at athletic events, raise funds, and enhance awareness of the local Sports Booster Club organizations. Local businesses, organizations, and individuals are “Challenged” to help raise funds that will help support school athletic programs with net proceeds being distributed to the school’s booster clubs. Combined, the First National Challenge programs have raised over $2 million dollars for their school’s athletic programs. By accepting this year’s Challenge, you will be helping provide a future for our children’s athletic programs. What’s good for the kids is great for the community!

Bravo to all who support and participate in this annual event. DeKalb County communities are fortunate for this significant investment, for the betterment of everyone.

DCEDC would like to thank our very own, Executive Board Member Gary Evans, for spearheading this highly successful event for many years. Best of luck to all players! There is still time to purchase tickets. Please see the Challenge Flyer below for information.



Date posted: January 25, 2019 | Author: | Comments Off on The First National Challenge

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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 linkhttps://dcedc.org/city-of-sandwich-industrial-growth/

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 (dcedc.org), Constant Contact, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and our print promotional materials. There are several other program benefits. Check it out by clicking here https://dcedc.org/events/
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.

Register Now!
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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